Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Life is hard sometimes, full of challenges, worries, fears, doubts. For instance the last few months we’ve had vehicle issues that have drained what little money reserves we had, add to that the rising cost of food in our area and having to drive our truck which has a rather large drinking problem and, well, our budget is stretched to the transparency point. My husband has a good job, it suits him very well, and that job has played a major role to leading all three of us to Christ. Being a facilities manager isn’t the highest paid job in the world however so when life’s little emergencies arise it is hard for us. In fact at the beginning of this month I was really getting worried about how I was going to fill the belly of my pre-teen, bottomless pit, eating machine boy. So I prayed like always, prayed hard, prayed ceaselessly in my heart that He would be with us, lead us guide us, provide for our needs, that His will be done in our lives. On the evening it was reaching critical point a dear friend and neighbor (who knew nothing of our situation) dropped by with 2 big boxes and a couple bags of fruits and vegetables that they didn’t need. It provided exactly enough to carry us through with what we had on hand still. God is good all the time and all the time God is good.
That night at Prayer meeting I offered praise to my Lord for His blessings and tender mercies for my family and I thought of all that He has done for us – not just my family but all of us, every soul who has ever lived on this amazing creation of His. I serve a God who loves me, loves you, loves us! He loves us so much He created an entire stunning universe in a single spoken sentence just so He could put our awe inspiring galaxy in the midst of it with the exact solar system needed for our breathtakingly beautiful planet built just for us to be our home custom designed to meet our every little need! That’s love folks, that’s awesome, beautiful, stronger, more powerful than I can possibly begin to fathom love. That’s the love God has for me, his creation. For you, his creation.
If He loves us so much He created an entire universe, a universe so large we can’t even begin to truly know just how big it is, so gloriously stunning in it’s beauty, then why do we try so hard to handle it all on our own, do it all ourselves. Why do we even think we can? That’s not what God wants us to do. He didn’t create us so we would spend our days worrying, struggling, fighting, sliding, depressed, fearful, hopeless, lost. No, He created us so He could shower us with His blessings, His grace, His kindness, His love! He provided for our every possible need, knew it from the beginning of creation, and set it in place before molding man and breathing the breath of life into his nostrils. He even provided for our entertainment, you ever just looked up at the sky at night, it’s astounding the beauty of the heavens. They truly do declare His glory! Trust me if He thought of all that, we have nothing to fear or worry about. I know that my God, my Creator, my Savior has got this all in the palm of His hand and he is not gonna let it drop!
“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.