Over the last week, I’ve had a lot of things come up that would have stressed me out a few years ago. One of my best friends is aware of these things and voiced her concern that there’s just too much being placed on my shoulders, and that she’s worried about me.
I thanked her for her concern, and I’m sure her prayers and those of others are sustaining me -- for I honestly don’t feel any inordinate amount of stress. Granted, I’ve had a lot of work to do, and I’ve been a bit bleary-eyed; but over all, I am not feeling a heavy weight of worry or stress. Concern, yes. A sense of responsibility, yes. But not worry.
I’ve pondered on how I can feel this “peace that passes all understanding” when a normal person would be sweating bullets. I think it’s because I have learned that no matter how bad things get or how dark the night, the Lord is in control and I am never alone. Carlfred Broderick wrote, “The gospel of Jesus Christ is not insurance against pain. It is resource in the event of pain.” (From "The Uses of Adversity")
I have found this to be true. The Savior’s yoke makes it easy to carry heavy burdens by making them light upon our shoulders. I feel like singing as the psalmist, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler (shield), and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler (shield) to all those that trust in him." Psalms 18: 2, 30
Or as Isaiah said, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation” Isaiah 12: 2.
One of my favorite ways to keep these things uppermost in my mind is to listen to music that reminds me that God is in control. He is my strength and will never leave me alone. One of my favorites is "Press On" by Selah. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
May God bless you and keep you forever in the hollow of His hand!