Monday, October 6, 2008

Take Heart

My life thus far has been pretty unsettled. I was raised in a military family, and moving every few years keeps you from really putting down roots anywhere you live. I went to college, got married, and continued a somewhat nomadic life; James and I have moved six times in our ten-year marriage. Throw in a DVM degree, a hectic job, a baby, a complete career change, and another baby on the way, and you've got a recipe for anxiety, sleepless nights, and worry.

I am a worrier by nature; I remember being very young, and very worried about things. Like most worriers, I also tend to internalize my concerns and the emotions that go along with them, which only serves to make things that much worse. We talked in our Care Group on Sunday night about a possible cause and effect that happens when we fully trust God. We were specifically discussing Matthew 6:33-34:

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

If we really seek God's kingdom and his righteousness first, what can we possibly have to worry about? We know that God is fully aware of our situation, however complicated or frightening it might seem. We also know - we know, deep down - that He is in control. No matter what happens, even if the worst things we can imagine actually happen, God is still in control. It will all work out how He has planned it in the end.

I came across a verse recently that really clicked for me. I'm sure I've read it a hundred times, but now it just jumps out at me. I've made it my theme for this blog, to share with you and to remind myself that God is in charge. In this verse, Jesus is talking to his disciples about things that would soon take place - his arrest, crucifixion, resurrection, and return to heaven. The disciples didn't understand what he was talking about, and they began to get restless and worried. John 16:33:

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Take heart! Our God has overcome the world. What more do you need to know than that?


Nichole said...

I need to remember this. The last few years, I've been literally making myself sick with worry.

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

I love this verse! I totally understand about the anxiety and sleeplessness. I'm always up early because my mind start running and I can't stop it. Then I collapse into bed at night, exhausted.

I am in the habit of praying a "breath prayer" (a prayer that can be said in one breath) when I am over anxious. "Be still, and know." I repeat it until my anxiety has calmed and my heart has stopped racing. It helps me refocus on WHO is really in charge, and that brings me peace.

Speaking of peace, I love your blog changes!! And I tagged you for a book meme, if you have time!

jennykate77 said...

Hello! I just bumped into your cute little blog and enjoyed what I've read. That is a great verse...I think it's human nature to worry, but God wants us to know that He's always in control, even when our lives feels so NOT in control. Thanks for sharing!

Have a great Tuesday!

Lisa said...

I used to be a worrier. Then God decided I needed to trust Him more. My hubby and I went most of four years without jobs in our fields (we're both electrical engineers). In that time, we didn't lose our house, or even our cars. Lots of times money came through on the very last day for the mortgage or car payment, but God was always faithful during that time.

Having seen over and over (and over and over) that God REALLY DOES have everything under control, I no longer worry about things (except my teenage boys -- I haven't been able to completely cure that yet!). I pray a lot. I ask for protection and favor for my boys a lot. And then I leave it up to He who is capable, rather than to me, who is not.

Not that you want God to cure you of worrying. That wasn't a fun time in my life. But man, did I learn a lot about faith! Why does it take tough times for us silly humans to learn stuff like that?

Jill said...

So true. I am a worrier by nature and it is good to be reminded that He really is in control.

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Awsome reminder! Don't worry, trust God! Thanks, Cute blog too:)

Jendi said...

Your blog is looking in the pink these days. ;)

You sure have moved a lot! I'm the opposite. This is the third place I've lived my whole life.

I too have read a verse many times then all at once - click! Just what I needed at the time.

Robin ~ PENSIEVE said...

Great hope, shared in a way we can hold fast to. It makes such a difference to glue your eyes on Christ, OUR CONQUERER, especially during (these) uncertain times.