Why Worry?

Naturally I’ve been reflecting upon the meaning of life this week. Not really, but I actually have been re-examining my overall expectations.

I always dreamed of life with a big family, gardens, and lots of animals on enough acreage to be self-sustaining. I come from a large, complex family, so this is no surprise.

Since my youth, life took my siblings and me through some very interesting twists and turns. For us, most changes initiated some considerable pain and confusion. We’d no sooner recover from one blow when another would strike. Mean as it sounds, those hard hits on such young humans prepared us for an unimaginable future. That seems sad. It is, but it’s also good.

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8, 9 (NIV)

Throughout our lives God’s merciful grace has been the one consistency.

Today I am our eldest surviving sibling and my generation’s first female. That could change again tomorrow, but I’m not concerned.

During many passionate discussions throughout the years OlderBrother and I agreed that though we were impecunious, from a global perspective we have lived luxuriously.

I believe God blessed us all with astounding strength and fortitude throughout our journeys. I also believe that, like both Jacob* and Job**, He broke us enough to help us endure it all.

I’ll never forget the many times over the years I messed up and missed opportunities, simply by being stubborn. I confessed those failures and God forgot them. What’s more, He stayed right on course, kept me in line and lets me think getting here was all my idea, my doing.

Daily – okay at least weekly –  I’m overjoyed to reflect upon my favorite (and some of my most disappointing) memories – What brought me to here and now. Here may not look like all that much to some, but it’s far more than most would have predicted.

God has always used the good and the sad to keep me in check.

So why worry now?

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To Him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

1 Peter 5:10, 11 (NIV)

*Genesis 32:22-31

**Job 10:8-13

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16 responses to “Why Worry?

  1. I was out of town so missed news of the passing of your big brother. Sending prayers for you and yours as you work through this. Although (not surprising) you sound well equipped. It’s frightening to face the prospect, for me personally, of soon being the last generation. My parents and aunts / uncles are facing their move to the next life. My aunt said to me the other day “…if I’m still around for your 50th wedding anniversary, which I probably won’t be…” That is just 4 1/2 years away. Life just keeps getting more interesting, challenging, and often confusing.

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  2. His grace comes in what we have–and in what we do not have! God bless!

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  3. Love this – pressed on every side but not destroyed “. It is interesting to know that the Lord works with us using both good and unpleasant experiences of life. He’s got our back. Thanks for always your personal life and struggles here. I am encouraged.

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  4. That’s a beautiful and powerful Bible verse. It’s obvious you draw on the power. Loved your photos, too.

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  5. No Weapon Formed against me shall prosper…….

    Isaiah 54:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
    17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
    And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
    You shall condemn.
    This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
    And their righteousness is from Me,”
    Says the Lord.

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  6. Worry is a waste. Having said that, I excel at it. I know God’s got me, but worry is my middle name. Sigh.

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