It's all okay.
"Psalm 37:1-7 (HCSB)
Do not be agitated
by evildoers; do not envy those who do wrong.
2 For they wither
quickly like grass and wilt like tender green plants.
3 Trust in the
LORD and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely.
4 Take delight
in the LORD, and He will give you your heart’s desires.
5 Commit your way
to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act,
6 making your
righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice
like the noonday.
Be silent before the LORD and wait expectantly for Him; do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way, by the man who carries out evil plans."
I would quote more of this wonderful Psalm, but the point is made in those few stanzas:
"Don't worry, Be Happy".
Turmoyled. If I were to look only at circumstances, this year in this world could win first prize for most
troubled and least improved.
But all of the BAD, all the frictis and cancer and deaths and economic crazy salad and war and personal
problems in existence right now...aren't able to negatize my life.
Here's the thing-despite all of the nastiness I trudge through every day...I'm happy.
Of course, some of the most unhappy people claim to be happy to be able to get through a day, but you'll
have to trust me on this-I am happy.
This Psalm is a refuge, a place where God spells it out for us: Do not be agitated, trust in the LORD, take delight in the LORD, Commit your way to the LORD and He will act.
Looking in at Christianity from the outside, you can't understand how comforting it is to be freed from Worry and troubles because God cares for us, takes care of us. It frees me from dreading what may come; I am looking ahead to the Day when Christ returns and cleans house on all of the Bad that stains this existence.
Until that Day...no fretting (without a guitar). No worries so 'all encompassing' that they ruin the happy.
Praise God for this day, this Fourth of July, when we remember how God set peoples free from a tyrant, guiding them to issue a Declaration of Independence, and making it so.
I am free from the tyranny of worry because God made it so for me.
Happy Independence Day!