Times are certainly strange these days! It can be hard to turn away from the news because it seems that something is changing every instant. I don’t know about you, but I had a hard time accepting change whether it be a job or something small like the color of paint on my wall.
With the extreme changes happening in our world right now it’s important to remember we have God to turn to. I would love to share some verses with you that have helped me deal with my own stress and anxiety this week.
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.” Psalm 46:1
This verse brings me so much peace! It might seem like the world is crumbling, but we know that no matter what happens we can turn to God for strength to deal with whatever comes my way.
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” – Matthew 6:31:34
How fitting is this scripture for the times we’re in today? Many people are worried about food and clothing. Some people have lost jobs and aren’t sure how to pay rent. Some people are worried about finding food or toilet paper for their families. Those are all very valid worries and fears! I love this verse because during times when I’m awake late at night thinking about everything that could go wrong, I remember that worry is just a waste of energy. I can trust God to provide for me.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4
This last verse is from my favorite book of the Bible. It can be hard to keep a positive outlook on life during uncertain times. Through times like this we can come out even closer to God on the other side! I encourage you to keep in touch with your communities whether that be calling a friend from church, watching your church livestream, or messaging a friend in your small group. It’s important to find community and encouragement from friends! If we stick together and build each other up during this time we can emerge even closer and stronger in our faith.
I’m definitely not perfect and can sometimes be the most anxious and untrusting person I know! I struggle with worrying almost daily. I pray that if you feel any of those emotions that you know you’re not alone. Just know there’s a God who loves you and wants to help you during those times and there’s absolutely no shame in asking for help. Whether that be counseling or even talking to a friend or family member.
I pray you stay well during this time!