June 5

In quietness and in trust shall be your strength Isaiah 30:15

And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? Matthew 6:27

We live in a noisy world. All the noise and clamor of so many things going on around us can be upsetting and confusing.  Our schedules are full of all kinds of activities that we just HAVE TO get accomplished before we can relax. At least there are those wonderful vacations where we can just do fun things, or are they a bit stressful sometimes too? I had a friend whose family had a cabin to go to every weekend during much of the year. They left late Friday evening, she spent Saturday and part of Sunday doing housework, and yardwork and cooking for everyone. Then she had a little time for herself late Sunday when it was time to go home. Or there are some who are on vacation, away for a couple weeks, and have the cell phone along to keep up with things so they don’t miss anything at work. This is not quiet and relaxing. Worry seems to be a constant in our lives.

We so often end up without any time of quietness at all.  No time to just sit, contemplate nature, enjoy a hobby, or take time to read our Bible and meditate and pray. There is the saying about when there is just too much to do to take time to pray, that is the time you must start out with prayer.  Jesus does not want us scurrying around and worrying about every little thing. In Matthew, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives examples of the ways God takes care of the world and of us. For the chronic worriers, He reminds us that our worrying does not an hour to our lives; it does not add anything at all.

Worry only has a use when we decide on some action to do to take care of the problem. When we take a little of that worrying time and instead sit quietly before God and share our problems, worries, and needs with Him. Yes, He already knows all these things about us, but in our deepening relationship with our Lord we can have the strength that comes from quietly trusting in God and His work in our lives.

Dear Jesus, show us the blessedness in stepping aside to renew and recreate our lives according to your will. Help us to follow the example you set for us when you left the crowds to rest. Help us to seek times of quiet reflection on your word. May we find our rest and quietness and strength in you each day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Chris Gabel