So for the past couple of days I have been a little worried. We had some expenses surface that were unexpected and the finances started to look, to me, a bit scary. I may have uttered the words, “if I just got a full-time job, this would not be a big deal.” As if in response to those words, I was plunked down on the couch with the most demanding aches I have had in quite a while. I literally had to rest.
A still small voice was uttering: Hey, little girl, I’ve got this. You are not in charge. I think I can handle your finances.
Wait, what? I don’t think I heard that. Let me worry and grump around the house for a couple of days. And I did.
Then, I opened my Bible study this morning. I have to be honest and tell you that I haven’t done my regular Bible study in three days. You see, our group got a little behind in our study, so we have altered our pace. It is no longer necessary for me to do my homework every day. So, I let it sit for a few days. Should I make it very clear here that my few days of worrying coincide with my few days of not doing my regular Bible study?
I know, I know, it is not a magical formula. But we are what we eat, you know? If I take in the Word of God, it tends to center me on truth. If I fail to take in the Word of God, the other ‘stuff’ in life tends to overwhelm me, crowding out the truth. I start to feel like I have to carry all my problems on my own.
Anyway, I opened my Bible study this morning. The whole point of the study was prayer — taking concerns to our Dad because He delights in giving us all good things.
More than usual, the study required that I look up verse after verse to make the point. Luke 11:13 — the heavenly Father gives things to His children, Ephesians 1:3 — He has already blessed us with every spiritual blessing, 2 Peter 1:3 — His power has granted to us all things, and 2 Corinthians 9:8 — God is able to do this. Now, I know this Bible study was published in 2014, but it wasn’t published this morning. Yet God assembled this study to be just what I needed to see this morning. Because He knew where I would be in my thoughts this morning. Because He knit me together in my mother’s womb. And He knew about the expenses that, to us, were unexpected. So, He probably has a plan for how they are going to work out.
Yup. Schooled again.
Was it just yesterday that I wrote about the three time periods — now, a little while, and when Jesus is revealed? Wasn’t I talking about how I was going to live my life for the little while I have until Jesus is revealed? Do I want to spend it worrying? Or do I want to climb up onto my Dad’s lap, tell Him the situation, and let Him reassure me: Hey, little girl, I’ve got this. You are not in charge. I think I can handle your finances.
Yeah, that one.
Do not be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom.