I\’ve never thought of myself as a worrier but the other morning I woke up very early and the first thing to enter my head was a verse from the Psalms: Do not fret; it only leads to evil.
To fret: to agitate; to disturb; to tease; to irritate; to be vexed; to utter peevish expressions.
I had been fretting about some things that I really had no control over: about whether decisions made had been the right ones; about our children\’s futures; over decisions that need to be made, amongst other things. Fretting is never helpful and doesn\’t change anything – except my ability to rest, receive the grace I need and believe that He will make a way then there seems to be no way.
Later, I read this by Oswald Chambers, a word of wisdom for the start of a new year:
Our present enjoyment of God\’s grace is apt to be checked by the memory of yesterday\’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterday\’s, and He allows the memory of them in order to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual culture for the future. God reminds us of the past lest we get into a shallow security in the present.
As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, unremembering delight, nor with the flight of impulsive thoughtlessness, but with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us.
Our yesterdays present irreparable things to us; it is true we have lost opportunities which will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future…
Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him.