Life can be very difficult. Think about it.
You are brought into this world and are taken care of.
Someone feeds you, clothes you, and cleans you up. All you have to do is watch TV, play, and maybe do a few chores as you get older.
Then it’s off to school where you are expected to learn, take a nap, perform well on tests, do homework, and bring home good grades on a report card.
Though you are in a climate controlled environment with friends, in a place where they still feed you, the pressure begins to build in your life.
You may begin to play sports, therefore subjecting yourself to even more unpleasantries; unless you can excel above the other athletes. You have to endure a screaming coach, yelling parents, and referees.
Hormones begin to kick in and you notice that there are two specific genders – yours and the former cootie-infested one, which doesn’t look as infested as it once did.
There is a lot of interjection and rejection in relationships, and heartaches that feel as if the world is coming to an end. The behavior exhibited by teens somewhat favors that of the animal kingdom; like bighorn sheep butting heads together 10,000 feet up on a mountainside.
In the midst of all this you’re expected to get a job and start earning your own money. This is coupled with the sports, hormones, and school work.
Oh how you wish you could take some of those naps back in kindergarten.
As quickly as you entered school – you now graduate from school. It’s time to make another decision – to keep working or go to college, which, by the way, isn’t free.
Either way you eventually end up in the work force where you are expected to learn, perform well, have great results, and increase the likelihood that your company will have a glowing report.
Add a spouse, a house, car note, taxes, kids, rent, mortgage, and credit cards and the stress level of your younger years cannot even compare.
My life was a lot like that. The pressures and demands increase and increase. Add to it abuse, rejection, divorce, and insecurity and you have a mixture of a mess!
I don’t know what I would do without Jesus. His Spirit has helped me cope with it all.
The Psalmist said, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling.” Ps 46:1-3
I know how he feels.
Jesus is your escape from not only sin but from the cares and worries of this life.
He said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matt 6:25-34
Perhaps this is one of the reasons Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Luke 18:17
We come to Him as a child because children don’t worry about the things that we adults worry about.