Lately, I have felt that life is really, really complicated. That mostly centers around juggling bills, healthcare paperwork, family obligations, work, family stress, car repairs, so, basically life in general. I’ve wondered why can’t life just be simple?
I half-jokingly tell my husband that we should just sell everything and move to a tropical island. We could spend our days selling trinkets and seashells to tourists, and nights walking on the beach. We’d live the island life, slow and easy. In my head, that sounds wonderfully simple.
But, we can’t do that. Just check out. Although it’s tempting. Really tempting.
What do I do when I want to quit this and move to a tropical island in the middle of nowhere?
I open my Bible for comfort. I admit I haven’t been doing a lot of that lately. It’s an old habit of trying to do it my way, or the world’s way, instead of His way. It’s an old habit to break.
As believers, we aren’t promised an easy, simple life free of complications. We are promised, however that Christ will be with us in our time of worry, stress, and anxiety. That’s easy to forget in this world.
Sometimes we just need a little reassurance that He has our back. I’ve rounded up 5 Bible Verses: When Life Gets Complicated for this very occasion.
… You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its remotest parts And said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and not rejected you.  ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’  “Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored; Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish.…
… “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!  “And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span?  “If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?…
… Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.  “You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.…
1 Peter 5:7
… Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,  casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.  Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
“And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span?” That is the million dollar question in Luke. What is all this worry and anxiety getting me? An anxiety attack?
I don’t know how I will fix all that is worrying me today. Only the Lord knows. So, I am letting it go. Right now as I type this. [Letting it go…letting it go…letting it go.]
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