Are you concerned about tomorrow?
Stress is everywhere, and I’m convinced the stress of today and the way we handle it, is far worse than in the past. Media voices reassure us everyday of how bad things are. We’re quick to angst and feed each other with negatives.
We take pills to start the day. We take pills to end the day and escape into sleep. Addictions camouflage our reality and anesthetize our minds. And yet, stress remains faithful robbing us of life and health.
The only control we have over stress is our response.
Antidepressants are the most frequently prescribed medication of the day, surpassing the second runner up, high blood pressure prescriptions..
We live in a modern day Babylon overflowing with financial stress, work stress, marital stress, single-parent stress, overloaded schedules, rush and haste, traffic jams, on and on . . .
. . . and we long for the days that used to be 24 hours.
Rewind to the simple times of yesteryear. When I was a child, my hard-working dad had time for a nap in the hammock and shade of a tree. In the good days raising my family, there was time for long walks, clothesline chats, and quilting.
Stressful times . . . it must have just happened. No, it began with creation.
The ancients of old were certainly acquainted with stress. Abraham climbed the mountain to sacrifice his son. Moses definitely had his desert to deal with. Joseph spent time in a pit and a prison. Daniel had to be a little more than stressed in a den of lions. Job was a person broken under the stress of life, losing everything but his faith. David faced a giant, battles won, battles lost, leaving a legacy of Psalms.
And then there’s the apostle Paul, shipwrecked in the storm of life.
They had one common thread to get them through . . . prayer, not prozac.
Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
I have 150 favorite Psalms, but the other night I asked the Father to read just one over me. The comforting 23rd, where we find rest in the arms of the Shepherd. The One who orders the day and leads the way . . .to the peaceful place, to the stillness, to the green, through the gate of the Word.
So what can we do while we’re full time residents on planet earth?
Pray. Read Scripture. Listen to your heartbeat, until you hear His.
Pause . . . Dwell on the sovereign.
God doesn’t want us to live stressed out even though we’re in stressful situations. His grace is sufficient for this day . . . and this night . . .
Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34