Trying to do it all on your own?

The Lord says: “I will deliver you out of the hands of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.” Jeremiah 15:21 (NRSV)

Sometimes in the midst of many activities, quietness settles on the inside of me. I feel at peace and totally secure—like the lost sheep must have felt in the arms of the Good Shepherd in Luke 15:3-7 and John 10:11.

But most of each day is filled with duties and distractions. Hurry, clutter and emotions poorly expressed or unexpressed cloud my awareness of God. I slip into the wrong plan. I pray when I should act, or I act when I should pray. I discard a perfectly good plan, or I keep a worthless one, wasting time and vitality.

At such times, I might give up. Yet, the Bible teaches me to trust. Words like the ones God spoke to Jeremiah are a great comfort to me. From the source of protection and nurturing, the everlasting Savior, I hear: “I will deliver you.” Whether or not we are aware of it, God is with us and is working on our behalf. We may be weak, even incompetent, but we are secure in the arms of the Good Shepherd.

– By Deacon Nancy White

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