October 18, 2019

What I Read Today;

Revelation 17; Matthew 6; Lamentations 3; Psalm 84-85; 2 Kings 1-2; Leviticus 23

Matthew 6 vs. 25-34, ““Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. 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 can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?  And why do you worry 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 clothed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”” NRSV

The last few weeks of my life have been filled with worry.

It started off with a bad test result during my quarterly doctor visit.  Then we had the stress of getting ready for a trip to Colorado to see our daughter get married.  We arranged to get my wife’s Mom to fly with us from our home to Denver.  My wife went up the week before and got her.  While she was here, she suffered a stroke.  The family came together to make sure we could get to Denver.  When we got to Denver, the issues with my mother in law cast a shadow every day.  But the wedding went well, and I was able to walk the beautiful bride down the aisle.  Once we got home, we had multiple family members in and out of the house until my wife was able to take her Mom home last week.  Now I worry as she gets ready to come home that she’ll travel safely and that her Mom’s other kids will be able to help her as she recovers.

Then, of course, there is the worry about work, the union negotiations that are coming, the paperwork needed for the USEPA at the end of the month, dealing with a second site that needs a new manager.

Now there is the worry about an ultrasound on my thyroid that is currently taking a toll.

The last two months have been all about worry.

I wouldn’t have made it if it weren’t for the love of a savior.  I don’t think that we realize how much Jesus does for us until we have times like this.  Knowing that Jesus walks with me through these events gives me hope and strength in every time of trial.

When we struggle through these days, it’s easy to say things like, “It’s all in God’s Plan.”  That doesn’t really offer any comfort to those who don’t know who Jesus is.  But for me, the fact that he’s helping me and strengthening me is all that really matters.

Without Jesus, this life can become unbearable. With Jesus, we have hope that he will see us through to the end.

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