I had the misfortune of listening to much of the second presidential debate on Sunday. Although Kagan keeps abreast of current affairs, I diligently avoid them. I was sickened, distraught and angry. Then, worried. (I literally had visions of myself and our family trying to find food, shelter and warmth in the middle of winter in a post nuclear blast landscape. My babies! I’m not equipped to take care of my babies in a post-apocalyptic world!).
In short, I became burdened by the state of affairs of our country. Not only by the national spectacle that is the race for President, but also by the moral degradation that has gotten us here. In talking with a friend, I realized what I’d been doing. I’d been taking the burden of national affairs upon my shoulders. So, I surrendered it back to God. I realize how silly that sounds. I, Becky, have no responsibility for the behavior of the presidential hopefuls. I have no control over who wins or loses (yes, I will vote, but really, out here with our meager college electoral votes, we don’t count). But, I was taking responsibility for it. Ownership of it.
Over the last few days, the Holy Spirit has been reminding me of how worry is really a symptom of pride in my life. Arrogance that I can change something by worrying. Too, He reminds me, worry is lack of faith. Lack of trust in God.
He has been reminding me to do what I can and have faith that He will take care of the rest. And He is good. So, friend, I offer these beautiful verses as a reminder of who has called you and the living hope that He gives despite the situation you may be facing.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matt. 11:28-30). Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing,s why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the filed, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! (Luke 12:25, 28). We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5). Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – (1 Peter 1:3-4) – Therefore, prepare your minds for action: be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:13) For you know that is was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:18-21). And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28).