Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I do not get involved with things too great or too difficult for me. Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself like a little weaned child with its mother; I am like a little child. Israel, put your hope in the Lord, both now and forever. - Psalm 131:1-3 HCSB
My three-year-old grandson Ferris is adorable (of course). Whenever he sees us, he runs up and tightly hugs us and stays there for a while. When things get a bit crazy at family gatherings (with 15 grandchildren it can tend to be that way), he seeks out his father. Matthew picks him up and holds him in his arms where he rests his head on his shoulder, and you can just see all of the anxiety melting away. He is now at peace because he knows his father is going to hold him tightly and not let go. He knows his father is going to keep him safe and secure from all the chaos going on around him.
God brought these verses and Ferris to mind recently. I was feeling depressed and discouraged about situations going on in our country, our world, and the lives of friends and family. I needed to take a lesson from my grandson and Psalm 131.
So many problems and situations in our world and people’s lives can be overwhelming. Many times I don’t know the answer—but my God does! He is totally in control, and that is where my hope and my focus need to be. I don’t need to—and God doesn’t want me to—get involved in matters too difficult for me. He certainly wants me to pray for and to lovingly speak truth to ones in my life. He also wants me to love and serve with all my heart, all the while resting in my Father’s arms and placing my hope in Him, not in whether things change or my friend’s problems are solved.
Are the challenges in your life causing you anxiety? Maybe like me you need to stop and rest in the Father’s arms. He is a loving God you can trust wholeheartedly.
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