In case you didn’t know, I get stressed out pretty often. Especially when it comes to presentations or performances. I get nervous and I worry and I freak out. It’s a problem I’ve been working to overcome, and I’m starting to get the hang of it. But I still worry, and I still get nervous, and I still stress, and I still freak out.
I could give you tons of personal examples of times when I stressed out over stuff that I knew God would take care of for me, but I think it’s going to be more effective to just share a Bible verse.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
I don’t have to worry, because if I trust God, he will take care of my problems for me, and he will help me get through. When I’m freaking out about a test at school, I just have to study and try my best, and God’s plan will come through. When I’m leading worship for the first time, playing an instrument I just learned to play, I don’t have to stress out about messing up, because God will help me through. When I put my faith in God, he will do the rest.
… Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! (Luke 12:22-24)
Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you – you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; don’t worry about it… But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. (Luke 12:27-31)
God takes care of the birds, doesn’t he? And the flowers? So I know that if I trust in him, he’ll take care of me. And that’s all I need.