This past Labor Day weekend was a nice break from the labors of work. I took some time to be with my wife and family, worked outdoors, watched some football, went to a good movie and basically escaped. Tuesday morning came and the harsh realities of a world that never takes a break dawned upon us.
We have so many stressors coming our way, it is hard not to go into overload mode. A hurricane that might be more powerful than Harvey about to hit Florida, North Korea with an H-bomb and the possibility of war, 800,000 young people wondering if they will be deported in six months, and even the company that makes Legos is laying off workers. What is the world coming to?
We have so little control in our lives, especially when it comes to the future. Our fear and anxiety levels can go off the charts. Just so you know I am a bit of a worrier, I want to know what is going to happen and I get a bit anxious if I don’t. I want to know what I should do or how I should react. Does it do me any good? Not so much.
Phrases like, “Don’t worry be happy!” or “What me worry?” And of course “Hakunna, Matta!” (No worries). Wouldn’t it be great if we could just take a vacation from all the crisis of the world and just enjoy, our family, friends and time away from concerns? However, this is not the case and therefore we have to deal with it.
How we deal with it is twofold.
First, we take care of the things we can in the here and now. Easier said than done, but good advice none the less. Of course you know this is not original to me. Second, listen to the words of Jesus: “Have no fear!” or “What good does it do for us to worry?” But here is the one that really nails it, I am paraphrasing here: “God is here and God will never abandon us!”
Those first two statements by Jesus end with the third one. Don’t be afraid and try not to worry. The first takes life away and the second doesn’t do us any good. But knowing that God is with us matters. God who is with us in all of the things that life puts before us, is our saving grace.
We do what we can in the now: love, care, create, forgive and serve. The future is really in God’s hands, and God who is with us now, will be there in the future. Yes, it would be nice to know what the future has in store for us. But whatever the future holds, God is there to hold us even more and will never let us go. See Isaiah 43:1-7 & Romans 8:31-39