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worry.

When something bad has happened to you, or someone you know, there is a tendency to begin thinking more about each step you take.

Could it happen to me? Could it happen to me again?

Well, yes. It could.

For years, (30 to be exact), this dependable, responsible, efficient writer thought, “But there is so much to take care of. How do I not think about it and…worry?”

It took the deepest pain of life – the loss of a child – to show me I didn’t have to worry.  That’s because the only one who can sufficiently lead you through the valley of the shadow of death, is God.

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Because I made it through, knowing how I made it through, I realized just how little control we have.

My options were:

a) mistrust (leading to unrest, discontent, and bitterness)

b) trust (leading to peace, contentment, and joy)

You can’t have the latter unless you trust that someone is looking over things.

So now, I get it:

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?

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trust.

We all trust in something that keeps us going each day.

When we get up in the morning, we trust the water will be there for teeth brushing, shower taking, and coffee making.

We trust our transportation will be there.

When we come home, we trust that our house or apartment will be there.

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The fact that we don’t think about every step we take tells me just how much we are made to trust.

But then, something bad happens. Sometimes it’s something small and we react with frustration.

Sometimes it’s big and we get confused.

Take that trust you have with the simple things, and apply it to the big things.

Because the One who made you to trust with the small things – has made you to trust with the big things.

You just didn’t know it.

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how?

With all our technological, medical, and scientific advancements, the common and routine can frustrate us.

That’s because we are limited. And the first step of grieving is acknowledging and admitting death is inevitable. The truth sets us free. That means the part of us which is weighed down with confusion, discouragement, frustration and disappointment breaks free with acceptance.

We are made of the same stuff as our predecessors who lost loved ones to disease, accidents, and war.

We cannot stop it.

Generations before us lived with death. Does this make our personal grieving easier? No. But it helps us to know we are made of the same stuff as our ancestors. We’re human.

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We cannot control everything that happens to us the way we choose our ring tones or favorite search engine.

To grieve is to accept.

But to accept is to trust.

Trust in what? Or whom?

There is always someone who writes the book.

In the Beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth.

Genesis 1:1

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worrying.

I used to worry. I think most people do in varying degrees.

Worrying can be painful. Living anxiously is not good for you.

You can’t stop worrying just because people tell you to stop. Even if it’s Jesus.

Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin.

But eventually, what Jesus said will make sense.

Life is unpredictable There will be a time when you have to believe in someone bigger than yourself. And I have personally found that in moments of great anguish, God keeps you from drowning in the pain.

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You have to put the past, present, and future somewhere. We are too finite to carry infinite situations.

God wants you to trust him. Rest is the opposite of worry. And that’s what God wants for you.

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where is God?

When you’re hurting, you wonder where God is.

And you ask: why is this happening to me?

Especially if you’ve been a tried and true church goer.

Centuries ago, the Psalmist asked the same.

Since you are the God who strengthens me, why have you forsaken me?

Psalm 43

There are many complexities in life we cannot understand. If we throw in the towel, what good does it do?

You’ve got to hope in something. You’ve got to trust in something.

Or else you will try everything else to make the pain go away.

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God is everywhere.

And He is with you.

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choice.

The Bible tells us about Job and the horror of his pain. He lost everything he had – even his children – and was attacked with physical pain.

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.

This was Job’s response to God.

That’s not to say he didn’t question his demise, but after processing all that happened to him, he made a choice to trust God. This is an acknowledgement of accepting that God is over all. It begins and ends with Him.

It’s a choice every Christian comes face to face with. It is a choice that reveals one’s devotion to God. Because if the going gets tough, it’s easy to bail out.

God wants us to have joy and peace. No matter what the circumstances, we will have both when we choose to trust God with everything.

If we choose not to trust God…we won’t.

aware.

Sometimes it feels like your situation will overtake you …

… but have you thought about the immensity of the earth and 2/3 is covered by water?

And yet it does not overtake the land.

How much more important are you?

God is fully aware of your situation.

Trust.