Matthew 6 vs 25 – 26 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
A few days ago I saw someone I had not seen in a very long time, as we got speaking I remarked that they had lost so much weight and that they needed to slow down on their diet.
“Oh my brother”, she said, “I am worried so much that sometimes I cannot eat and I don’t sleep. I worry about my children, I worry about their future. I really should try and eat, I suppose.”
As I got thinking, I was saddened by her set of circumstances, a once vibrant and healthy person had become a shadow of their former self. She was slowly losing her zest for life and life was becoming a drag rather than a blessing.
I guess we are all guilty of worry in different forms, we react and deal with circumstances differently. Over time I have learnt one fundamental lesson: whether you worry or not, whatever is meant to happen will happen.
There are very few things that we actually have direct control over, you cant even categorically tell whether the sun will come out tomorrow or whether you will be alive to see it or even enjoy it.
One of the most difficult lessons to learn is to accept that God is in control and that despite our prayers, wishes and desires, we are just pawns in a bigger game than we will ever understand.
Worrying or fretting will not add a single day to your life or alter the issues as we know and understand them. Time has often taught us that things will sort themselves out and solutions to diverse and complex issues will be found.
Unfortunately, pain is not something we can eradicate in this lifetime. We all have things we yearn and desire for; they will always be there. In our pursuit of these things, which include relationships, things won’t always go the way we want them to.
However, our lives will follow a path that is partly because of our choices and the other part is divine in the manner and form it meanders and takes us to paths unknown.
The bible is a book filled with mystery that has one underlying principle: God will alter circumstances and take His people where He has decided, at His time. It could be an Abraham, an Esther or a Jonah; in His time He will move people and situations to meet His goal for their life.
His plan for you could be a chance encounter with a person you cross paths with, and the effects of that can have far reaching consequences on your life and others you may never know.
God is the artist, you are the canvas, and all He desires is that you accept that you are His creation and allow yourself to be used in His greater plan for humanity.
So if there are things you are losing sleep over, please don’t. There is very little you can do about most of the issues at hand, you just have to live by faith, accepting that you are being led by Him. As He rightly says in the book of Matthew, “and who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”
So for those who can’t sleep or eat and are worried sick about tomorrow, know that God is watching over you. Trust Him to take charge, one day at a time, with some pain and discomfort here and there. Eventually you will become a sanctified person of faith, who knows that there is a greater force controlling their life and they should surrender to it.
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