“Resting in the Lord is not dependent on you external circumstances at all, but on you relationship with God himself. . . Worrying always results in sin. We tend to think that a little anxiety and worry are simply an indication of how wise are, yet it is actually a much better indication of just how wicked we are. Fretting arises in our determination to have our own way. Our Lord never worried and was never anxious, because His purpose was never to accomplish his own plans, but to fulfill God’s plans. Fretting is wickedness for a child of God.” – Oswald Chambers
“Do not fret – it only causes harm.” – Psalm 37:8
I read this today, and I needed it. It basically describes my life lately, in that it has been filled with worry. Worry that I won’t be fully supported by the time the semester starts, which leads to worrying if I’m in the right place, and all it leads back to, as Oswald Chambers has wisely pointed out, is me not putting all trust in God.
It’s a scary thing not to know where or what you’ll be doing a few months from now. Trust me. But it is a lot scarier to imagine going through the experience without God. Because of that, I’m making a declaration. No worrying. Just prayer, and the prayer isn’t asking God to solve the things I worry about, but rather to help me abide completely in Him and know that if one thing doesn’t work, He has something better for me.
Join me in my prayer to abide and trust, rather than worry and wonder.
O Lord, send me on my way.
That way may not be visible, but I trust that it is good,
Because it has been planned in advance by You.
If I am on an undesired trail in your eyes, give me a detour and set me right.
And if my trail is true,
I trust that You will keep building it ahead of me and the details will fall into place.
For You know where I’m headed, and You know where I’ve been.
You’ve prepared me and trained me, and You will put me on the course.
Thank you for guiding my steps. Amen.