DEVOTION: Get Worked Up

by Beth Bondurant

One minute watching world news can get my blood pressure worked up very quickly.

 

Standing in a checkout line that is too long, ... immediately I get worked up.

 

We get worked up as literally everyday... higher prices appear at the gas pump.

 

With so many activities and responsibilities.. seems impossible not to get worked up.

 

"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."

 

Are you kidding?  There is so much in the world to worry about... how can I ever not get worked up with plenty of problems and decisions that come as soon as the morning light appears.

 

O God... I DO TRUST IN YOU.  I know you made me and will provide for me and for those I love and for everyone in creation... but I don't know how.  How is it possible not to be anxious about yesterday, today and tomorrow. There's so many things that can go wrong.  There's so many people that need attention and care.  There's so many details to see to at home and elsewhere... and I am so tired.  Forgive me, Lord, for thinking I am in control or can easily manipulate things and people around me in grace and goodness. Help me to focus on your Presence that is unconditional and empowering for each and every circumstance and situation that comes every minute of every day.  Give me the strength I need for this moment... relying on your Spirit to prepare and guide me for whatever comes. Even though I resist continually... my deep desire is "to fall into the hands of a living God" whose love prevails no matter how frequently and feverishly I get worked up.

 

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