Stress?? No, thanks.
I haven’t been through a whole lot in my 29 years. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been through anything. I’ve been through the normal stuff that everyone, at some point, has to deal with — the deaths of family and friends, disappointment, lost love, and all that madness. I’ve also been through some things that not many people walk through; I’ve seen things happen to people that no one should ever see. I’ve dealt with issues that weigh on my heart and mind that just seem unshakable, and I’ve had times when absolutely nothing seemed to go the way I wanted.
The funny thing is that I can honestly say that there has never been a time in my life when I felt hopeless. Not one single time when I didn’t believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that life would somehow work itself out. That wouldn’t be the case if it weren’t for my faith in the Lord.
I’m often reminded that despite the problems I may face, I have it really good. Compared to some others, my life is cake. I can remember a time when the company I work for was going through a round of layoffs. People were on the verge of stressing out. Everybody seemed to be on the edge. Looking for hidden meanings in communications from upper management, all while losing trust in decisions being made. Waiting helplessly for the proverbial ax to swing. Nearly hopeless. But somehow, I was fine. I was fine not because I was sure my job was secure or because I had a padded savings account to rely on. In fact, neither was true. Losing my job would’ve been a major setback. Money would’ve been a huge issue. I’m not sure what I would’ve done, but life would still go on.
The truth is that I was able to find peace because I realized it didn’t really matter. Whether I lost my job or not, the fact that I was worrying about what to do at that point in time would be completely irrelevant in year or two. Since that time, every time I have an issue rise up, I immediately ask myself “is this even going to be an issue in 5 years? 2 years? Next year?”
There are dozens of clichés floating around that compare the size of God to the size of our problems, and all of them are applicable. But once you really get an idea of how menial our problems really are, you’ll learn how to trust Him that much more.
Until next time…