Saturday afternoon a dust storm blew over the city. Grit and debris, as well as a small amount of rain, carried through the air, reducing visibility. Mesquite trees submitted to the winds- their trunks gave enough so that they bent but didn’t snap. Sure, with high enough winds, sustained for a long enough period of time, they would eventually give in and break.
I’m going through my own storms right now. Uncertainty creates stress, which is the wind that threatens to break me. But I have added strength from an outside source: God. My weakness lies in the fact that I rely too much on myself. I’ll figure out a way…I can make this work…I can change this. I often don’t call on God’s strength until worry has already settled in the bottom of my stomach.
I don’t’ know what’s going to happen. I know what outcome is easiest, but I have no clue what result is best. (I’ve seen enough blessings in disguise to know not to pray for the easiest outcome.) And here’s the big one: no amount of worry will change what is.
Like the dust storm last night, trials are only temporary. I ask for strength to weather the storm, no matter how long or how fierce it may be.
Some scriptures that encouraged me this week:
The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. (Exodus 15:2)
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27)
Cast your cares on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. (Psalm 55:22)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)