After two days of this thought in my devotions, I realized God was trying to make a point. Unfortunately, I tend to be in the slow class and sometimes require secondary enforcement. With the government shutdown, I found a further delay of my new job at Walter Reed. The frustration of the unknown as well as the feeling of being unemployed and having bills to pay is a feeling I had not yet experienced. While certainly a stressful time, God allowed me to be at home in Missouri. Here I have been able to relax, catch up with friends, record music for the next cd, but most importantly awaken a part of my faith that I had pushed aside and boxed up like Christmas decorations. The faith that God will provide your "daily bread" is someday very basic and yet He tells us to have the faith of a child.
Growing up, I was priveleged to not worry for my next meal or where I would sleep. That was something for The adults and my job was to obey the tasks at hand and enjoy the freedom from responsibility. God offers us the same freedom. He Says, "Cast all your cares on me." "That is easy to say, but how does one even start?" Thankfulness. "Whoa, big word!'' Ok, count your blessings. Grace, what has God done for you in the last year? Oh, in self-pity mode, huh? Lets go back to basics. Are you currently living in a free country? Did you come here in a box as a slave and crammed on a ship? Have you watched your family and friends murdered for their faith? Do you have warm clothes and a place to lay your head at night? Do you know you have a heavenly Father who Loves you dearly and wants to get to know you intimately? To each of these questions, " someone in our world today could answer "yes". Humbling, isn't it? The more you realize just how many things you have to be thankful for, the stronger your faith in God's protection over your life should become.
I do not say these things to lecture, but more to challenge and encourage. These are hard times, but God is still in control.
“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” —Luke 12:7
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. —John 1:12