Do you know what I mean when I say that I have inner turmoil at times? It’s hard to explain but it is just there and it makes me feel unsettled. Right now we have a lot of change in our lives. We are moving this week. Our middle child is graduating from high school. He will be moving away in the very near future. Our daughter, who is already in college, moved home. At times like this, I have to get away and spend time in solitude with just me and God. This time of solitude is the only thing that works. I’ve tried many other outlets but absolutely nothing brings me peace and an inner calm like Jesus Christ.
One of my favorite verses is “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10. When I feel this unrest in my life, I know I need to step away from the world and be by myself so that I can “be still.” I appreciate being alone. There are times I crave time by myself so that I can meditate on His Word. Jesus may not live physically in the world but He left behind His Word which gets me through many tough, troubling times.
I learned to draw close to God a few years ago when my dad got ill and died suddenly. I was broken and God picked me up. I am stronger because of that dark time. I learned how to lean on my heavenly Father as I was losing my earthly father.
Jesus wants us to give him all of our baggage. He wants us to dump it all on Him. He can take it. He actually thrives when we dump the burdens of our life on Him. In the fourth chapter of John, when Jesus and His disciples stopped at Jacob’s well, Jesus was tired. His disciples went into town to get some food. A Samaritan woman came to the well. Jesus tells the woman about the living water – the gift of life. He tells her that he is the Messiah in this simple statement: “I who speak to you am he.” (John 4:26). I love this statement. After she leaves Him to go back to town to tell others about Him, Jesus tells his disciples he is no longer hungry because he has food that they know nothing about. He was filled up and refreshed after helping and sharing Himself with the woman. (summarized from John 4:4-42)
In my Life Application Bible, there are seven reasons not to worry listed with corresponding Scripture from the book of Matthew. This list is a wonderful reminder of how we can have peace no matter what our circumstances. This list helps us give all we have to Jesus. Keep this list close so you can experience the good life God intends for each of us.
Matthew 6:25 The same God who created life in you can be trusted with the details of your life.
6:26 Worrying about the future hampers your efforts for today.
6:27 Worrying is more harmful than helpful.
6:28-30 God does not ignore those who depend on him.
6:31, 32 Worrying shows a lack of faith in and understanding of God.
6:33 Worrying keeps us from real challenges God wants us to pursue.
6:34 Living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed with worry.