Last week, I woke up early, early one morning . . . in fact, it was more like the middle of the night . . . worrying. (Our lessons are on trusting God, and I’m a ball of worry. How frustrating!) I said to God, “I feel like you have abandoned me. I know that is not true because you have promised to ‘never leave me, never forsake me’, but I need to know where you are in all of this. I feel rejected and alone.”
Worrying and no longer able to sleep I got out of bed. The clock read 3:04 a.m. I opened the curtains to pitch black outside, and I asked God, “Where do you want me to read?” Genesis 21 came to mind.
I read the first verse and stopped. “The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised.” (Genesis 21:1 NLT) I read it again and again. I know by experience that God is faithful. And when God says it, it is done. (Ezekiel 12:25) We may not see it yet, but it is done.
For Sarah and Abraham, God promised them a child. Many, many years later, in her old age, well past child bearing years, she gave birth to a child. The impossible became possible.
All things are possible with God. (Mark 10:27)
What are my promises from the Father? Promises quickly came to mind:
I will never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
Cast all your cares up him, for he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
In this world you will have troubles, take heart, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
Christ Jesus is sitting in the place of honor at God's right hand, pleading for us. (Romans 8:34)
The clock read 4:45 a.m. I climbed back in bed and thanked God that he is faithful, trustworthy, and present and for his promises for me as his child.
Let’s face it, we will feel overwhelmed and worried at times, and so will your daughters and sons. There are two things you can do now to guide your children when circumstances lead to worry.
First, when we know scripture, we give the Holy Spirit "sound bites" to use in encouraging and instructing us. Learn God's word alongside your daughter and son.
Second, scripture does tell us not to worry about anything, but to pray about everything, and tell God our needs. (Philippians 4:6-7) The only thing we can count on in life is a living, loving God. Teach them how to be with God. Teach them how to pray.
Don’t worry. Be Happy. Our God is present, trustworthy and faithful.