Our children teach us a lot…if we let them! Stephen, by the way he approaches life, continues to remind me not to worry but to trust God more. Now, I should already know this right! I am his father! I am a Priest…So, I should have this down pat, huh? No, like many, I am also a worrier!
But, one particular unforgettable event has served as a perpetual reminder that I must trust God…as I am in HIS hands. Years ago, Steve and I were on a plane. The flight was going smoothly until suddenly the plane dropped several hundred feet without the Captain telling us beforehand that this might happen. The reaction of the passengers was a concert of screams and gasps…except Stephen – who said “WEEEE!” I looked over at him, he was not scared. Rather, he had a wide grin from ear to ear. A little later, I asked Stephen if he was at all scared. He replied. “No, I was with you.”
This event has got me to think about how I respond to the circumstances of life, and about God’s promises. When we say yes to Jesus, we are in His hands. No matter where we are, what circumstance we are in, we belong to Him. Nothing can separate us from His love or presence. Life is difficult and full of disappointments, yet, in the power of Jesus, we are able to not simply exist but have joy. The prophet Isaiah writes: “Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31. So, while we all face challenges and difficulties, (like the bottom dropping out of our lives), we can learn to respond to our circumstances differently.
What are you worried about right now? What do you need to leave at the feet of Jesus and allow Him to deal with? Do you trust God, when life throws a curve or drops out on you? I encourage you, as I was encouraged to not be afraid as, we are in the hands of God. 1 John 4:18 says: ” the perfect love of God casts out all fear.” Please read Psalm 91 which is of great encouragement to those who struggle in grips of worry and fear.