by Tina Coble
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]? Matthew 6: 25-27
One day while driving, I rode by a church sign that said, “ I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.” As I read it, I felt God tap me on the shoulder, telling me this was the lesson he had been teaching me over the last few years. It has been one of the hardest lessons I have ever had to learn.
In the past few years, I have had to trust in this saying. When the economy crashed, we got hit extremely hard. My husband and I reached a point where we had to depend on the Lord each and every day to survive financially. I would pray with a heavy heart, begging the Lord to help us out of this situation. All I could hear from him was, “Be still and know I am God.” To be honest, when I first heard this, anger came over me. “Really God? That is all you have to say. We are need for you to intervene and help us in this.”
So, my flesh went into panic. All my life I had been taught, “if something is wrong, fix it.” I tried. I worried each night, complained, cried, tried to find different jobs, etc. It took me a couple of months to figure out my way wasn’t working. Wearily, I came to the Lord asking what did I need to do to help us out of this situation. He stated, “Be still and know I am God.” With tears in my eyes, I heard the Lord say, “ Look outside your window.” Looking out, I saw thousands and thousands of birds in my front yard. So many; I couldn’t see the grass. He said, “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest. They don’t even store grain in barns. Yet, your Father in heaven takes care of them. Aren’t you worth more than birds?”
When I finally decide to believe in this scripture, things started to change. Our bills were always paid (still not sure where some of the money came from), we got many blessings (food, clothes, money) and most of all, a peaceful night’s sleep. It is still hard. Fear still creeps up on me, but I have learned to look at the fear and turn the other direction, and say to myself, “Be still and know that He is God.”
So if you are struggling and feel weary, take note of this. “Be still and know that He is God.” He wants you to trust in him. Know that he loves you and will never forsake you. He is the King of the universe and can do anything. Trust in Him and peace will follow.
Jesus, I want to say Thank You. You have never left or forsaken my family. I have stronger faith in you through this hard trial. Also, you have shown me how to use money for you and not for selfish reasons. I also believe that through this trial, you will double fold our blessings because your work says,
“Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.” Zechariah 9:12
Most of all Jesus, I am so thankful you hold my future and I don’t. Even in this, You can make all things work together for my good.
by Tina Coble