It is so easy to worry about everything in life. Life is full of many ups and downs. This past year seemed like nothing but a down. I had braced myself for the moment of impact where everything crashed and burned. Instead of holding onto God's promises I did nothing but worry about what was going to go wrong next.
" Consider the lilies, how the grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you."
When you place worry before everything it becomes an idol! I know often people think of an idol as a figure made out of wood or a statue. God defines what an idol is in Ezekiel 4:4-5. "Therefore speak to them, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Everyone of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, and then comes to the prophet, I the LORD will answer him who comes, according to the multitude of his idols, that I may seize the house of Israel by their heart, because they are all estranged from Me by their idols."
Idols are not just carvings made from wood that sit on a mantel, they are godless cravings and commitments that rule in our hearts. What a thought!! I had let worry take the place of God in my life. How about you? What has become an idol in your life?
I'm going to leave you with this poem I found.
Until I learned to trust,
I did not learn to pray;
And I did not learn to fully trust
Till sorrows came my way.
Until I felt my weakness,
His strength I never knew;
Nor dreamed till I was stricken
That He would see me through.
Who deepest drinks of sorrow
Drinks deepest, too, of grace.
God sends the storm so He Himself
Can be our hiding place;
His heart that seeks our highest good
Knows well when things annoy.
We would not long for heaven
If earth held only joy.
~ Author Unknown
What a beautiful reminder. This world is not our home. We are only here for a short time. So I'm going to look at the trials in life as a blessing. Why? Because Heaven will be full of joy.