Right now, as I sit in Las Vegas on my layover, waiting on my delayed flight back home to Burbank, I started thinking about the upcoming new year. I don’t have a long, deep, theological article for you tonight. Just some simple truth, friends, that I think we all need to bring into 2014.
As soon as I arrive home, I have much work to do. I’m moving on Friday to my first home with my husband (he will be moving after the wedding), and I haven’t even packed a box. There are still many wedding plans to conquer…obstacles to overcome. In the midst of all this, will I book enough work? Make enough money? Get everything accomplished that I must?
If it weren’t for the word of God, I would be overwhelmed, filled with anxiety, and freaking out 100% of the time. But I’ve come to realize, friends, that it all comes down to one simple question…
Do we trust Him or not?
Do I believe His word is true?
Do I have faith that my Father will take care of me?
Do I trust His promises?
Because if we do, why do we live in so much fear?
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
As I sit here on this old airport carpet, pondering all the work and obligations that await me at home and in 2014, and am also reminded that my Father is going to provide. He will continue leading if we continue listening and following.
I could worry about all the boxes I have to get…
The cleaning I must do…
The work I must conquer…
The bills I need to pay…
The lack of fridge that I need to find/purchase…
The wedding plans I need to tackle…
But my anxiety will not help me get everything done. It will not add an hour to my day, pack the apartment up for me, pay the bills, or plan the wedding. Following God and trusting in Him is the only thing that can and will assist us in all that we do.
“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?
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 is 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.”
This new year, in 2014, I am not going to make resolutions I can’t/won’t keep. I may not become a vegan, an expert carpenter, save the world, adopt 10 abused kittens, or do backflips, or dye my hair.
But this year, I resolve to be the woman God designed me to be.
I will be a loving, respectful wife.
A joyful steward of my first home with my husband.
A lover of life and all people and living creatures.
A woman who trusts God more than money and bills.
Someone who has fearless faith.
I will follow wherever He leads me, no matter how much it may cost.
I will trust Him in 2014. Will you?