There are some times in life when stress comes on you so strongly that you don’t know if you will survive or not. There are other times when you realize that there is nothing you can do or say that will affect your situation, and you sit back and relax. I must admit that I have more times of stress that I wonder if I will survive than being totally at ease. The first time I made a trip to Ukraine, I was with a group of folks that went. I did not reserve my own ticket, choose the airline, plan on transportation once arriving in Ukraine, or any other thing. My responsibility was to pack the right clothing and get to the airport on time. Subsequent trips to Ukraine, I am the one who reserves the airlines, chooses hotels, plans the transportation, etc. There is more stress involved in the latter story than that first trip I took.
What a joy to know that we have a God Who is ultimately in control! “I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope” (Psalm 16:8-9). When I am walking in the center of God’s will, I have no need to worry about what is coming. I know that He can take care of all the details that will come. I want to rest in my Savior more and more. I want to live a life that shows a “resting in hope.” What a vivid testimony a Christian is who waits in the hope of their God! I have known people who are going through some of the deepest challenges life can bring, and they do it as though they don’t have a care in the world! When you learn to walk with God on a daily basis, this restful spirit comes as well.
We don’t often realize it, but the difficulties we endure help us to understand that no matter what comes our way, we have a God Who will be able to take care of us. As much as we dislike the challenges of life, they are the one tool that God uses consistently in our lives to show His all-encompassing power! As you face challenges today and in the days to come, realize that you don’t need to fret and worry. You have a God Who is able to take care of whatever is coming. Ask God to help you rest in His all-sufficient power. Challenges will come, but be assured that He can handle whatever is coming.
“Grant us the serenity to accept what we cannot be changed; the courage to change what can be changed; and wisdom to know one from the other.” – Reinhold Niebuhr