So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:34 NLT
There is an unexplainable peace that comes from trusting God.
The Bible tells us about it. I can imagine the peace Abraham felt after God reminded him that He would make Abraham the father of all nations, despite the lack of physical evidence that it could ever happen. (Genesis 15:1-6)
Abraham believed God…and believing that God keeps His word brings peace.
It’s overwhelming to experience it personally. When you feel God’s peace, you just know it’s from Him because there is no way to rationalize it.
And to watch God’s peace settle over someone else—it’s awe-inspiring.
My young, teenage daughter has had a rough year with ongoing illness. Between new and worsening symptoms and missed school, she’s had plenty of cause for worry. Overall, she’s really handled it well.
Until a few weeks ago, when there was one thing eating at her.
It was something she had no control over—none. There wasn’t anything she could do, except to plan ahead. She played out different scenarios in her head, over and over, making herself sick with worry. She shared the possibilities with me, but there wasn’t anything I could do either.
The more she thought and talked about it, the more stressed out she became, which wasn’t helping the ongoing issues she was already dealing with. I reminded her that worry would make her feel worse. She had to find a way to not stress out about it.
That worked for her about as well as it works when someone tells me the same thing. Not much at all.
She came home one day and said she felt God speaking to her.
“I felt like He told me not to worry about it, and to let Him take care of it,” she said. She told me more about it, while I said silent prayers of thanksgiving.
It wasn’t until a few days later when I realized she had stopped talking about it. The thing that she had been so worried over hadn’t been mentioned again. When I asked her about it, she just shrugged and said it wasn’t bothering her anymore. And I knew she meant it.
You can see when someone is stressed and worried. I had watched for days as it showed on her face and in her body language.
It was gone. The anxiety and fear of what might happen was gone. I couldn’t explain it…because the situation hadn’t changed. The what-ifs remained, but now, she planned ahead without the worry.
There was a peace that had settled over her—because she trusted that God would take care of it.
And it reminded me that God does indeed have everything under control…regardless of my limited view.
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Matthew 6:34 The Message