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Don't Worry. Trust Jesus!

When things go wrong and our best plans fall through, we can always count on Jesus.

By Susanna Foth Aughtmon, Redwood City, California

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Trust in the LORD with all your heart; don't rely on your own intelligence. Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight. Proverbs 3:5-6  (The Daily Life Bible)

This summer we had plans. For jobs, vacation, and writing. And in the last couple of weeks, it’s been like watching a carefully rolled ball of twine unwind. The summer has come unraveled.

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Once again life has thrown us for a loop. Things are nebulous and undecided at best. I find myself thinking things like, God is not so concerned about us. And, We are on our own. And, What in the world are we going to do?

I am a girl who likes to plan... and more than once in the last couple of weeks, I have found myself in tears. Disappointed. Discouraged. Tired. I have thought to myself... maybe this is a test. Maybe if I hang in there and trust God, everything will right itself and be better than I imagined. Maybe. But here is the thing. We just don’t know.

And I have been thinking this thought: Who we are is often defined by our greatest disappointments. Who are we when we are faced with hardship or trials or summer plans gone awry? Who are we when the things we have banked on are no longer bankable? Are we frantic and wounded, doubtful and anxious... or do we hold firm to what we know to be true?

That Jesus in all of His goodness and mercy and grace, is who He says He is. Father. Provider. Healer. Savior. Friend. And we can remember that above all else, that He is the One we can always bank on.

Faith step: Write down on a piece of paper, a current situation that has you confused or troubled. Then write next to it: “Jesus is trustworthy. I know that He will see me through this situation.” Place it in your pocket and read it throughout the day, each time you start to worry.