Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Worry Wart

I guess I'm a little confused. Paul tells us to pray without ceasing. Jesus told the parable of the persistent widow. From these examples, I kind of get the impression we're being told to pester God with our worries until He gives in and resolves the problem. On the other hand, Jesus said not to worry because God knows what we need and will provide it for us. We're also told not to fear because He is with us. This seems to be a conflict to me. Should I pray about the things that bother me or not?

I'm really not sure what the answer is, but there have been a lot of troublesome things on my mind lately that I just don't see getting resolved. I've been praying about the issues, but no solutions seem to be presenting themselves at the moment. Yet, I have faced similar problems in the past and God stepped in at the last moment and provided a miracle solution. So do I trust that God will once again save me from the fire at the last minute? And why does it always have to be a "skin-of-the-teeth" kind of thing? For once I'd like to be able to resolve my problems a week or two in advance of things coming to a head. Of course if I did that, they wouldn't be as dramatic or noticeable. Perhaps He is resolving other problems before I realize they were potential problems and I'm just noticing the ones that He's still working on.

I've blogged about this subject several times before...as you can tell, I'm still disturbed about it. I guess for now I'll continue praying about the matters and trust that God will once again come to my rescue with some sort of solution.

On other topics, after reviewing some of my recent posts I noticed that I haven't mentioned that my younger son is now employed full time. He's now working for a radio station as their news person. He's also doing some work on their website and seems to be enjoying the new job quite a bit.

Also, my wife's 9 week job turned into a full year, praise the Lord! She's moving to the elementary building (more to her liking) and will be substituting for a teacher who left to work in another school district. It's still sub-pay with no benefits, but beggars can't be choosers. I've also picked up a couple of odd-jobs fixing folks computers where I made enough to buy a couple tanks of gas.

As you can see, God IS working in our lives, so I kind of feel guilty about complaining so much. I know things don't always work the way we want them to, but it sure would be nice if I could relax and not worry for a little while.

2 comments:

Zoe's Mom said...

Al, I have been wanting to blog about what you said for a very long time now! I got so excited when I started reading and realized that you and I had the same thoughts about it. I come to the realization that God just simply wants to make sure we are talking to Him.....everyday. There is only one sure fire way of making sure we don't forget to pray and that is God stretching out His answer to our prayers just a wee bit longer....hahaha! In the process, we learn patience, perseverance, better communication skills ;), and a host of other things. So, I just keep on asking! ;)

You ought to bring this subject up on the Sunshine blog and see what others have to say. I was going to do it but you obviously worded it so much better than I would have. I think it would make a great conversation starter!!!!

Jen

gary said...

I agree with Jennifer...this is a great topic and one I also wrestle with. My head says to pray about the things that "worry" me and then not to worry because I gave it over to God, but I wish that my head would talk my heart into believing that. I guess that is why I pray for wisdom and faith a bunch.

It was great news to hear that Patsy is going to have steady gas money to get to work ;). It does sound like God is listening to your prayers and answering a bunch of them...so keep it up and if you wouldn't mind, say a little prayer for my little crew. Thanks.