This morning I woke up in the middle of the night, a little frantic as I remembered something I had forgotten to do, which led me to think about a million other things on my to do list. It was amazing how quickly I went from peacefully sleeping to worrying with a heaviness of heart. Finally, I decided to just get up and pray. I opened my Bible to those familiar words in John chapter 3 verses 16-17.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
I was immediately reminded of the fact, that God did not send Dawn into the world to save the world, He sent Jesus. I am just called to point people to Jesus not save them and become their savior. What a relief! All the frenzied thoughts about trying to meet unrealistic expectations can be laid with Jesus. He sorts through what my job is. He directs me as to the good works He has in store for me to accomplish.
I think there are no more comforting words to people like me that struggle with worrying, than the words penned by the Apostle Paul
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and IN HIM (not me) all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17
Friends, if you are struggling with worrisome thoughts tonight may you pass off to Jesus those loved ones and situations that trouble your heart. May you find rest in knowledge that God sent His Son as the savior of the world, not you or me. And may you find great comfort in the knowledge that IN CHRIST all things hold together. We no longer need to worry about all those balls we are juggling, thinking the world will fall apart if we don’t keep juggling and meeting needs we were never meant to meet in the first place.
Dear Jesus, thank you that you are so patient with us and that you lovingly remind us to put down the juggling balls. We surrender all our worries to you and trust you with all that we lay at your feet. In Jesus Name. Amen.