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On a day that I should be feeling quite somber as we have officially been on the wait list for 15 months, I am reminded by my God to not worry, be happy. Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
This past week I was blessed to have this message placed on my heart through various sources. In my daily car-sermon from David Jeremiah he is currently leading a series entitled Slaying the Giants in Your Life. I have listened through this series previously, but am restrengthened by its encouraging message once more. David discusses the scriptures feeling on worry, and why God says not to let worry control your life. He states that worry is simply something based on the future, of which you have no control. He says A worry does not rob tomorrow of it sorrow but robs today of its strength. Jesus does not tell us this to have us live our lives as a free-spirit casting our cares to the wind. He speaks of being concerned, not worrying. During his message, David refers to being concerned as being based in the present, things of which you do have control. God does call us to be concerned over things in our life, and for those things to make a plan. If it is an item that we have no control over, in our particular case the timing of when God finds our perfect child is ready, then it can be considered worry. Like most things, easier said than done. Something I pray earnestly about each and every week, for God to grant us patience and understanding for the things of which we do not know.
I was also led to scripture this week for a great example of not worrying. I am currently (7% complete) in my quest to read the entire bible, and I am still working my way through Genesis. I have been reading about the story of Joseph, Jacobs son who was sold into slavery by his older brothers. What a frightening thing to have happen in your life. Through the next several chapters he goes from finding favor with his master to being double-crossed and thrown in jail. Through all of these episodes he continues to find favor with God and is made the most prominent prisoner and eventually gets out of jail to become the second most powerful man in Egypt. What an encouragement to keep your faith that you can go from knocking on death’s door to being victorious.
Is it simple to take something that you may have been worrying about for years and turn it over to Christ? Well—Yes. David makes a powerful statement…”A man of God in the will of God is immortal until his work on earth is done.” in other words If I am in the will of God, going where God wants me to go, I can be sure that God knows what He is doing with me. What a sense of power and freedom this statement has. God cares about you and wants to see you prosper. During his message he reminds us that God created us and cares about even the minor details in our lives, so why wouldn’t he care for the major details. He tells of a parable that Jesus discusses one day with the crowds. In olden days people would by sparrows, and they could get 2 sparrows for 1/16 of a days wage. They could by 4 sparrows and get the 5th one FREE—that’s right there were even bargains in the bible…haha. He tells the crowd that God cares for all the sparrows—even the FREE one. If God cares about free sparrows if they fall from the sky or not, why would he not care about the worries of the ones who were made in his own image?
So instead of worrying today, I look to Psalms 55:22 Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you. I pray that God will continue to grant us patience and understanding in his timing. Lift up our heavy hearts and know that He is perfect, He has a plan, and we just have to hang in there. That he will help us learn not to worry as each day passes, but to look hopeful towards the future that He has planned for us. Looking to the journey he have traveled and the road ahead, I know that we will continue to be encouraged by all of the wonderful people in our lives and be blessed. I thank everyone for all of their encouragement.
We are going to Philadelphia tonight to introduce our best friends to Ethiopian cuisine. We are so excited and I look forward to sharing in this wonderful part of our lives. I’m sure tonight will be filled with wonderful visions of our beautiful blessing(s) and it warms my heart just thinking about the amazing things He has in store.