Last weekend came and went and so did this week. I sit here trying to remember what even happened. It felt stressful to me only because I let myself be overcome by worry and anxiety. The reality of our baby being born in about a month has come and taken up residence in my mind like a visitor I don’t feel prepared for. I knew said visitor was coming months ago, yet he still catches me off-guard at his arrival. The amount of things I feel still need to be accomplished before the baby comes seems insurmountable, and yet I know it’s not really the end of the world if they don’t get done before then. The baby’s not going to know the difference if the closet has been cleaned out or if his nursery is fully decorated like I see it in my mind. It’s just that everyone is telling us how much our life is going to change, and how in the world are you supposed to prepare for a life-change that you know has been coming but you’ve never done before? And supposedly we will have no more time to do anything other than take care of our baby, which yes, is a joy in and of itself, but does that mean all those items that don’t get done, will never get done then? Of course not, but it sure feels that way sometimes, especially since I’ve never experienced what’s coming.
So you can see why I’ve been a worry-wart this week. I worried about being ready, physically, spiritually, and emotionally, about finances, about my upcoming baby shower, and so many other things. On top of all that, it was one of my husband’s busiest work weeks of the summer, but thankfully it was his last super busy week before the baby comes. He is a rock and such a comfort to me. Any time I get worked up about things, he reminds me that everything’s going to be alright. He literally made me shake off the worry last night, even down unto my toes! It was a sight to be seen I’m sure.
Then this morning, I actually read from my Jesus Calling devotional, and the scripture was the same one given to me on the day I was saved almost 10 years ago. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” I remember when the person first told me this scripture, he said that the devil doesn’t just flee from you. You first have to submit to God, then you have to resist the devil, and then he flees from you. When fear tries to come in, remind yourself to trust God. Say it out loud if you have to. Reminding yourself to trust God is submitting to Him, and it helps you resist the worry, fear, and anxiety the devil tries to distract you with, and only then will the worry actually go away. Not by worrying about it more! The devotional was also about trust, which has always been the main lesson I feel like God is trying to teach me, over and over again, ever since I got saved. Isn't trust simply the opposite of worry? Trials are opportunities to trust, to grow our trust-muscles, but it is our choice. We get to choose whether we will trust or we will worry in the face of trials in our lives.
I was reminded of my salvation through the scripture I was given on the day of my salvation, and that alone is good news, but even better was being reminded that because I'm saved, I get to trust God. I can trust God because He is faithful. And so can you! Just remember: Every little thing’s gonna be alright!