“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious 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: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add
a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow:
they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven,
will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying,
‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
I don’t know about you but I sure was glad to put 2015 in the rear view mirror. What a year full of chaos and anxious moments. As hard as I tried I just seemed to never be able to fully let go of anxiety when it reared its ugly head. I arrived at the end of the year absolutely exhausted. Even the family gathering, which brought me so much joy, ended with an issue with our son who wrestles with the demons of drug abuse. I spent new year’s eve sobbing on my bed wondering, once again, what I am doing wrong, that so much anxiety seems to hang over my life.
It is in these times that I really have to continually remind myself that bad things don’t happen because I am a bad person. That God is not punishing me for some unseen or unknown sin that I may have inadvertently committed. In fact I am constantly reminded when I spend time in His Word that I will have trials and tribulations in this world (John 16:33), division from within my own family (Luke 12:51), and I will be tested (1 Peter 4).
But He has promised me that during those times He will give me peace. He will give me strength. He has given me His Holy Spirit to comfort me. He will never turn His back on me.
So when this year started out the same way last year ended, with chaos and discord, pain and anxiety, I did something completely out of character for me.
I was calm.
I left it in His Hands.
Of course it helped that sweetheart and I were at the southernmost tip of Texas, on South Padre Island. I firmly believe that God knew that this frazzled mom couldn’t handle one more battle, one more situation, one more painful moment. So He made sure I was far from the scene, unable to participate, unable to help. Usually I would have been freaking out, trying to find a ticket home, rushing to fix things. But this time I calmly said a prayer and went for a horseback ride during a magnificent sunset on a beach far from home.
Because that’s how I intend to make it through this year.
Leaving everything in His capable Hands.
He doesn’t need our help to solve the problems. He doesn’t want us to be anxious about anything. He wants us to trust Him.
And guess what? The problem was solved without my help. Shockingly God made sure it all worked out.
My life verse is John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” My peace doesn’t and can’t come from the world. It can only come from Him. He left His Holy Spirit in my heart to give me peace if I would only accept Him. Will you accept His Holy Spirit and find the peace He has promised you?
©2015, MichelleWelch, team member of Breath Of Life Women’s Ministries
photography by Michelle Welch, all rights reserved
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.