While I was on the phone today with a good friend, my son comes in and he is sobbing like he lost his best friend. I quickly ask him what is wrong and I find out that his boomerang is up on top of the house. I can’t reach it, Mom.
I assured him that Daddy would be able to get his precious toy for him and that all would be okay. I went outside and he was standing there with his tear stained face which was made more obvious by the dirt that was smeared on his cheeks. He told me that he still could not reach it.
My heart broke at the sight of those tears and remembering what it was like to be little and to not be able to fix things on my own. As I thought about this for awhile longer I realized that as we get older we do not change in how we think about things.
How many times do we try to “fix things” that are beyond our control? How many times do we think if I could only do this one thing, I could make things better? Or here is a classic; I know exactly how to fix this problem, why don’t they listen to me!
We get frustrated with problems that our beyond our control. We worry about things that may or may not even happen. We are not alone in our problems and God does not need our help to fix things.
We need to soak up God’s word so that when the challenges of life come we know that the only thing that we can do is pray and to trust God above all things.
25 "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? 26 "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? 27 "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 "and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 "Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matt 6:25-34 (NKJV)
“The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:5-7 (NRSV)