Worry keeps me awake at night. The thoughts of things that could go wrong and how I can make them right make it hard to rest, even though I’m an exhausted mom to an infant who still wakes up most nights.
As a Christian, this constant worrying makes me feel guilty. If I love God as much as I say I do, I should just trust Him, right? I do trust Him. I just always have this need to figure things out. I’m not so good at patiently waiting. I always feel a lot like Sarah. She knew what God had promised Abraham (Gen. 15:4-5), but when the years started to go by, she got restless. She came up with her own solution.
What happens when we come up with our own solutions? Speaking for myself, I usually end up making a pretty big mess of things. In Sarah’s case, she sent her husband to sleep with and impregnate her servant, Hagar (Gen. 16:1-4). Well, Sarah learned pretty quickly that she probably shouldn’t have made that decision. And that’s been my conclusion many times. “Why did I do that?!”
Over and over, God reminds me that I shouldn’t worry because He will take care of me. So many times, someone will give me something or do something that addresses a need I had without me ever saying a word. The moral of the story is to wait for His perfect solution in His perfect timing. God’s timing may come just after you think it’s too late. For Abraham and Sarah, their son Isaac was born long after they thought they were too old to have children. Sarah laughed at the prophecy, but God assured the couple that nothing is out of the realm of possibility when He is in control. “Is anything too hard for the LORD? (Gen. 18:14)”
So I encourage myself (and you) with this reminder: Do not worry. Nothing is too hard for God. That means He has a solution to whatever your need is if you can trust Him enough to wait.