If I was from another planet and visited the Ozarks in Missouri, United States of America, I might be confused and lose all hope. On Monday I was excited, enjoying a beautiful spring evening, sitting on a balcony, breathing sweet evening air. Springtime in the Ozarks is wonderful because the temperature is very comfortable—not too cold and not too hot.
On Tuesday Old Man Winter was back! I had hoped to enjoy a few delightful evenings on the balcony, but that is not to be. The Weather Man even predicted some snow! But I need not worry, spring will come again, and then it will be summer. I know this for sure, because God has promised,
“As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.” (Genesis 8:22)
I need not worry! There is an article in a women’s magazine I subscribe to, titled “Stop Worrying, Star Living. Do it Now!” Good advice, but the author missed the most important point, that we have a Heavenly Father who cares for us, just like he cafes for the lilies in the fields and the birds in the trees! (Read about it in Matthew 6:25-34.)
This little bird was perched in the only tree
I have to enjoy from my kitchen window.
There are two formulas in approaching worry.
Worry + Worry + Worry = More Worry
Worry + Jesus = Rest
Just as we know that Winter will be followed by Spring and that after Spring there is Summer, we can be assured that if we give our worries to Jesus, He will give us rest.
Jesus promise is true! “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Here is another formula:
Heavy burdens + anxiety + Casting them on Jesus = He cares for you
Never forget the promise in 1 Peter 5:7,
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
As I am writing these words I get a very devastating message. Because it is a private matter I cannot disclose the details, but I realize I have been writing prophetically, if only for myself. Spring was on its way, I felt happy and confident. Then Winter showed and ugly face. But there is hope! I have to practice the formula.
Worry + Jesus = Rest
I have a loved family member who is in great distress. Unimaginable things have happened in her life. The “formula” is her only hope. To cast her cares on Jesus is all she can do, the best she can do. As it is for any of us who believe in Him!
Winter might be back for a few days, but it will not stay. Spring WILL take over. And Summer is on its way. Of course, if you are on the other side of the Equator, you know Winter is coming.But then you also have the hope of Spring and Summer.
As sure as nature follows a pattern, the formula for rest in the Lord never changes. Life circumstances will bring us many a “winter,” but we can always rely on the assurances that “spring” will come again! Worry + Jesus = Rest