I’ve noticed that I tend to get stressed easily when thinking about the future. I’m a junior in high school this year, and suddenly there’s just so much to think about. What do I want to do? What do I want to study? Where do I want to go to college? The list goes on. And usually I’m okay with it. I generally feel optimistic about the future, and I do my best to remember that it’s all in God’s hands.
Sometimes, however, I just can’t handle it. All the questions and uncertainty just becomes overwhelming. Take last night, for example. Last week, I found out that I’d gotten a 32 on my first try on the ACT. That’s a good thing, right? And yet, as I was thinking about that last night, I didn’t feel happy. I just felt stressed. (And stressed is an understatement.)
I remember praying, “God, I don’t know what to do. Please show me what to do.” That has been my prayer so often. I get so afraid that I’m going to make a wrong decision. That I’m going to mess up God’s plan for my life somehow.
Unable to sleep, I got up to read my Bible. I flipped to a section in Matthew I remembered about not worrying, and this is what I read:
“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 stow 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?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you–you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25-34)
This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. And it’s just so true. The God of the universe is our Father; why then do we worry so much? Nevertheless, it’s one thing to know this, and another to apply it to your life! But ultimately? God is in control. Worrying does nothing, but prayer and trust and faith–those are the things that move the mountains.
He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
Thanks for letting me share some of my thoughts with you. I don’t know what’s going on in your life, but I do know that we all have worries. I pray that God will give us all the strength to simply live in today, and trust Him with our tomorrows.