As I sit here, I think about the upcoming day, what needs to be done and everything that is going on in our lives, and then…worry starts to creep in and settle. Corrie Ten Boom said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” I have never been in the position that she and her family were in, and I don’t know if I would have the strength and courage to survive. She and her family are a true testimony of faith and trust in the Lord. When we can be thankful for fleas, then we truly understand who He is.
When we are having a bad day or things aren’t going the way we desire, then we need to think, “Who are we trusting?” Our Lord taught His disciples that they need to think differently. Lust is adultery, hate is murder. Why? Because everything begins somewhere. It all starts in our heart. Trust begins in the heart. God’s word says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?”
“In God I trust”… It’s written on every US bill and coin. Coins that we carry around while we are in the States, and have near to us. A symbol that He is near to us, and we just need to trust in Him and Him alone. Jesus taught about worrying. He said, “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?”
What do we need to do? Jesus gives us the answer, “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.” Seek Him first. Prayer. When worry starts to creep into our lives, we need to pray. God’s word says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Corrie was in His word daily. She prayed, trusted in Him and the He provided. The fleas in our lives, the worries, can be looked as a nuisance but in reality they’re there for a purpose. His purpose. Thank God for fleas.
The school had their “Civic Act” this morning. They sang the National Anthem, recited the pledge and a class did a program. Today, the teachers of kindergarten talked about Day of the Child, Day of Non Violence and eating good food like fruit and vegetables for their health. I looked over at Billy, the school director, and asked, “Is today Day of Non Violence?” He laughed and said, “Yes, so you need to hug your boys.” Afterward, the class danced to a song. It was cute. Can a guy say that? I guess a Dad can get away with it. It was a good program. 🙂
Our boys got their haircut this weekend, and the clippers died just short of 8 boys. This morning, I took apart the clippers, cleaned and put them back together. It purred like a kitten when I turned it on. Hopefully, it won’t cut like a wild cat. When the boys saw me at school, they rubbed their heads and said, “Just like you, except for the gray hair.” All I could do was shake my head.
Lee and Candy