When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace. (John Lubbock)
For many of us, worry comes as naturally as breathing! We seem to slip worry on with our morning outfit and wear it through the day – every day. We worry about our work. We worry about our kids. We worry about what we’ll have for dinner. We worry about having enough for the future.
We worry about the world we’re leaving to our grandchildren. Some of us may even worry that we’ve forgotten to worry about something! After all, how can God handle everything if we’re not “helping Him” by being anxious about it!
I appreciate Lubbock’s words because they bring a sense of balance to our world. There is “our part” and “God’s part.” We are to work hard to provide for our families. We’re to plan for today’s meals and for tomorrow’s retirement. In short, we should do our best as Lubbock states. But then, we should wait the result in peace. Logically, if we’ve done all we can in a situation isn’t that by definition all we can do? What’s left is the waiting for the results to come in.
And during that waiting, we can fret and worry, or we can trust in peace. If you’re primarily a “wait and worry” person, please let these words from Christ be a much needed reminder for you today:
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 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. (Matthew 6:27,33-34)
Wait in worry? Or wait in peace? The choice is ours. –Dave
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