your heavenly Father knows

Well, friends, this is it.

This is my last week of “normal” for a few weeks. Our travels begin Friday and will take us to Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. {I wrote more about that here if you have no idea what I’m talking about.}

I called a dear older friend last week & we started talking about my upcoming schedule. I went into some of the details of unknown items I was kinda freaking out about.

She said, “Oh, it will be an adventure!

Ahem. I have a hard time thinking about things in that way.
Why? Because I like to know all the details before I sign up for adventures. I want to know exactly where, when, how, what, who, for how long, and how much. I want to know all that now so I can change what I don’t like. And if I don’t know all the details – say if someone’s planning a surprise adventure for me – I want to know that they are going to do the very best thing. For me. Not for them. {self-centered much?}

But really, when in life do I ever know all the details prior to a situation? Even if I think I know all the details, they’re usually subject to change, aren’t they?

And so, because these verses seem to apply quite well to my current situation, I’m using them to calm my fears + anchor my hope where it should be:

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:25-34

Do you know what my favorite phrase is from those verses?

Your heavenly Father knows.

All those details I want to know right now? All the questions I have about specific circumstances? My heavenly Father knows. Yes, He knows the answers. But He knows about my questions too. He knows how desperate I am to KNOW EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW. And yet He doesn’t reveal it all right now. Why? I don’t really know. But maybe it’s so that I will seek – not for the answer to the questions – but for the One Who gives both the questions and answers.

See, maybe instead of working myself into a frenzy that I don’t know all the answers, I should rest in the One who knows. The One who gave me those questions in the first place. Isn’t that what the verse says? “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Seek God first, not the answers. As you seek Him, He will supply all the answers you need to know. And perhaps – just perhaps – the questions will become less important.

Today, you can face each new thing as it comes from your adventure planner AKA God. Why? Because your heavenly Father knows. Rest in Him.your heavenly father knows

 

2 comments

  1. Emily Freeman says:

    Safe travels! If you decide to venture to Cincinnati while you’re in Louisville, let me know 🙂

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