Why this Old Girl Shouldn’t Worry

Do you remember waking up as a young child with concern for the economy, the future, or your health? Not me! As soon as my eyes popped open, the adventures began.

Some things shouldn’t change

I move more slowly in the morning now, but when my eyes flutter open I turn my heart to the One my soul loves. I count following Jesus as the greatest adventure of all time.

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“Listen to me … you whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isaiah 46:3-4 NIV).

It helps when I read a scripture like this to paraphrase it simply in list form. Here is what I’m seeing God wants me to hear, and what he is promising me.

1. He’s held and carried me since I was born.

2. He won’t stop being who he’s always been, no matter my age.

3. He made me.

4. He will carry me.

5. He will sustain me.

6. He will rescue me.

I’m in God’s hands

Our pastor in the 1970s, Roy Hicks, Jr., taught a concept that has continued to bring freedom to my life. It’s that I shouldn’t worry about what will be. No need to fret about changing myself into someone better or different. He is God, the potter. I am the clay. His hands will do the work to soften, form, and perfect me. There’s no reason for me to worry about “becoming.” Instead, I need to just “be” the clay, pliable in his hands.

Prayer

You hold, carry, sustain and rescue me. What could I desire more than that? Such a promise is more than I could imagine in my wildest dreams—that the most desirable Being in existence would be this committed to my welfare.

My response is that I wish I were more lovely for you, but you have provided all I need through Jesus. Thank you for winning my heart, dear God of heaven and earth. May all you see in me bring you joy.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

Bragging Rights – Psalm 26

The writer makes quite a lofty claim in verse 1, sounding very much like he’s telling God he’s done no wrong.

“Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life: I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered” (Psalm 26:1 NIV).

It certainly comes across as a prideful statement, but look at it again. The word blameless is not the same as sinless. In the next two verses he invites God to test, try, and examine his heart and his mind. It’s remarkable his confidence is so secure in God’s mercy he invites God to examine him. He relies on God’s faithfulness.

“…for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness” (verse 3).

It’s clear to me that the psalmist chooses to align himself with God and his ways, and this demands a non-alliance with those who oppose God and his ways. He makes a plea for God’s mercy in verse 9.

“Do not take away my soul along with sinners, my life with those who are bloodthirsty, in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes” (verse 9).

Then typically for the book of Psalms, this song ends with praise or a reference to it.

“My feet stand on level ground; in the great congregation I will praise the Lord” (verse 12).

by Kathy Sheldon Davis