We’ve all heard it: the only constant is change. It’s true. Life is constantly changing in big and small ways. Right now, I just happen to be in the middle of some of life’s bigger changes. I’m resigning my part time ministry position. My oldest son moved into his first college apartment. My middle son leaves for college next month. My youngest is going into 8th grade this school year. We put our house on the market and are looking for another one. Lots going on. Lots to be anxious about.
Anxiety. I write about it alot. It’s a thing for me, something I struggle with. I handle it in a variety of ways – counseling, medication, prayer and worship. I try to remember that worrying is a way of saying that we don’t trust God for the outcome. That knocks me back every time. Of course I trust God. But do my words and actions reflect that trust?
How can I know that God is trustworthy? The past. My past shows me ways that God has been trustworthy in the past. The Bible shows me how God was trustworthy over and over. That is one of the reasons I love the book of Exodus. I follow the same patterns as the Isrealites. They mess up. They cry out to God. God saves them. They obey God. Things go well. They mess up again and the cycle starts all over.
I try to stay in the obedience part of the cycle. I try to remind myself of God’s truths. Here are two that have been helpful for me lately:
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17
Jesus knows everything, holds everything and keeps everything together. Why can’t I trust him to know me, hold me and keep me together?
The other is a song by Ellie Holcomb – Red Sea Road. Here’s the chorus:
We will sing to our souls
We won’t bury our hope
Where He leads us to go
There’s a Red Sea road
When we can’t see the way
He will part the waves
And we’ll never walk alone
Down the Red Sea road
More of Exodus to revive me and renew my trust. My God knows me, He gets me, He provides for me. I can trust him.
Here’s a link for the video for Red Sea Road https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YYsmU8Oo_U