Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Matthew 6:25 NLT)
I noticed a post on a friends Facebook page the other day. I was deeply saddened to know how they are struggling with an issue that is beyond imagine. Social media can be a place where our friends are able to share our struggles, and where today, we often seek help with our worries, anxiety, and the fears of life.
I think we all wrestle with worry, especially when things happen that we either cannot control, or when we must wrestle through situations, in order to come up with a viable solution. “Bumps in the road” and the unexpected detours do not alone have the power to distract us. Those “alternates” are what can add interest and richness to our journey. We often cannot choose our circumstances, nor the events life presents us, but we can choose how we will respond. Our character is molded and our faith grows when we trust God in all circumstances. However, when we give unchecked power to distractions and “bumps in the road,” we become frozen in fear, and we stop moving forward.
If we allow worry and anxiety to consume us, we will most likely, miss the new possibilities inherent when problems occur. Even so, when life does happen, when trials and troubles come our way, the fear is very real and it can shut us down. I wish it were easy to just have immense courage and trust that “God’s got this,” but the journey of faith is not an easy one. Remember, Our Lord, the one we Christians claim we follow, his journey led to a cross and death. Our faith is fraught with fear, ambiguity, and uncertainty. When fear comes our way we have grace to decide to stay on the road and trust God, despite the rugged path. In prayer and in silence, we can tap into the solace of God’s peace, when those uncertainties of anxiety arise. Walking with Christ through the struggles of life is a wonderful journey. Be encouraged, and enjoy the view along the way.