Feel Safe in His Care

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When you feel overwhelmed, put the situation in Jesus’ hands, knowing He does have your days and your hours safe in His care.

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:27 (niv)

I often coaxed my grandma to tell me the stories of her life. She lived in Latvia during World War II and endured a Communist occupation and then a Nazi one, an escape across the Baltic, and five years in a displaced-persons' camp. She had every reason to live in fear, but instead she taught me a lot about the futility of worry.

As a young parent I faced battlegrounds too, even though my circumstances were much easier. I didn’t have bombs exploding nearby or tanks rolling across the farm. I didn’t have to worry about how far I could stretch cabbage soup to feed hungry mouths.

But in our overachieving, more-more-more culture, I felt swept into expectations I didn’t know how to meet. Rushing children from play practices to music lessons to sports. Tutoring, allergy shots, orthodontics. Life felt out of control. parenting seemed to be a specialized skill that was more about keeping up than providing love and discipline. My anxiety level increased as I tortured myself with a grandiose picture of what it meant to be a woman, a mom, a person—a picture I didn’t match.

Visiting my grandma always helped. She had lived through events beyond her control, and knew that anxiety turned our eyes away from God. She saw every hour of her ninety-nine years as a gift from God’s hand.

When I read Jesus’ words about worry, I think of my grandma. Sometimes life feels out of my control because it is. I couldn’t control every aspect of my children’s childhood. I can’t change some of the difficult and painful challenges in my life today either. I can’t fix every person or problem. But when I feel overwhelmed, I can put the situation in Jesus’ hands, knowing He does have my days and my hours safe in His care.

FAITH STEP: What are your top three worries today? Can you place them in Jesus’ care today?


Written by Sharon Hinck

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