By Brook Ault
Worrying God Away
If I’m being completely honest, this past week has not been the easiest. From juggling what feels like 900 courses, frantically running from meeting to meeting, struggling to fit in even an hour of study time, planning for next semester, and figuring out what direction I want to take with my life, I feel beyond overwhelmed and want nothing more than to curl up in my bed at a reasonable time of night with the peace that passes all understanding.
As a college freshman, I luckily have many years to toy around with what I want to do with my life. However, for someone who takes 20 minutes to decide what cereal I want to eat in the morning, even registering for classes and determining if I should stick with my major can be a monstrous decision. It’s at times like these that I feel such an overwhelming anxiety that turning to God can seem as taxing as running a marathon.
God’s unconditional love for us is proof that he will never leave us. However, sometimes we push him so far away, that it seems like he is nowhere to be found. Why do we do this? Why do we create so much distance between us and the lord when all he wants to do is give us peace? Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty guilty of this myself. Sometimes it’s so easy to blame God for the chaos happening in our lives, rather than lean on him for comfort and strength. It’s even easier to become so consumed with the worldly chaos around us that we completely forget to turn our attention to Christ.
Casting our cares unto our father is such a hard concept for us to grasp simply because we are so hard headed! Trust me, I’m speaking for myself when I say we love to have control. Many of us worry about things like what we will wear, what we will eat, and how are we going to pass that chemistry class is totally kicking us in the rump, or what our future will hold. It’s scary to wander what life outside of home or college will look like. We always want to know what’s next, what’s in store for us.
Sure, it can be unsettling and scary to go through life without an idea of where we will end up. However, when we surrender our lives and hand all control over to Christ, our lives become an amazing example of what God can do. I never imagined in a million years that I’d be here at Olivet studying communications. And if you told me I’d attend a Christian college, write a devotional blog, and actually enjoy mandatory chapel, I would’ve really laughed in your face. However, God has a funny way of putting us exactly where we need to be, if we allow him to. Today, I encourage you to take the worry you have, whatever it may be, and hand it over to God. Watch him work miracles in your life.