“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25-27
We drove down a two-lane road in what seemed to be the middle of nowhere. We were on a quest to find something fun to do while on vacation. The kids saw a sign on the side of the road, and they were in. “Pull over, dad! Let’s do it!” The sign read –
I am a Florida girl. Born and raised! We don’t do corn mazes in Florida. I do like adventure, so I was in! It seemed like such a great idea. A corn maze, no map, and three little kids. What could possibly go wrong?
It didn’t take long before the corn maze novelty wore off. It was the middle of summer and hot. What started as a fun maze soon became an insurmountable obstacle. I asked my husband, “People make it out of here alive, right?”
Nobody warned us that we should have stopped for water and a flare gun at the concession stand. You know, just in case of emergency.
As we roamed inside the maze and found ourselves hitting the same corner time and time again, it felt like we would never figure out how to find the exit. Right in front of me, the maze looked small. I could only see a little bit of the actual maze. If I could have launched a drone and looked at the maze from above, I probably could have helped us find our way out in a timely manner.
Eventually, we found our way to the exit. The kids declared it a success and wanted to do it again. Even the child who panicked in the maze had a change of heart once we were outside the maze looking back.
Isn’t that how we act when we are going through obstacles in our life? It seems like we are going in circles, never seeing God’s hand moving. Worry and fear can consume our everyday thoughts. It feels like our Creator has abandoned us. But in reality, He hasn’t.
God has a perspective that we don’t. He knows the whole story! He sees the finish line.
We can consume ourselves with worry. We get anxious about the future. We get worried about the unseen. The events you have faced in this lifetime may overwhelm you, but they don’t overwhelm our Lord. He has a plan and a purpose for your life.
By carrying worry, we are actually taking control from Jesus Christ. We are saying to our Master, “I don’t think You can handle this situation.”
This may be a painful season, even in your marriage. There are so many hurts that you face day after day. You may feel betrayed by people you trusted. You may feel abandoned by someone you love deeply.
When you feel stuck in a maze, when you can’t see the way out of your current situation, trust the One who holds your future in His hands.
God is worthy.
God can be trusted.
God thinks you are amazing, and He wants the best for you!
Cling to that hope today.
“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”. Matthew 6:34
Lord, I pray that you would take the things that are consuming my mind tonight and carry these burdens for me. I ask forgiveness that I constantly try to figure things out on my own. I trust your will and plan in my life. Through your power, help me to overcome the worries that tomorrow will bring. You are enough and I rest in that today. Amen.