For the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said: “You will be delivered by returning and resting; your strength will lie in quiet confidence. But you are not willing.” Isaiah 30:15
I kept fretting. At the end of my wife’s first pregnancy, she labored hard for two hours. Every few minutes she pushed and pushed to no avail. Our baby’s head surfaced but would not emerge. As the minutes passed, I knew my wife was exhausted. Nervous and anxious, I would leave the room and go into the bathroom across the hall. Kneeling on the cold, tile floor I prayed, “God, please make this baby come out now.” I was fretted and worried.
The labor eventually ended in a Caesarean section. Weeks later at a routine check-up, my wife’s doctor said, “You be thankful for that C-section. Because of the size of your son’s head, if he had effaced, it would have been fatal for one of you. I could not have saved you both.”
Many times we fret instead of trust. Faced with difficulties, needs, or confusing circumstances, we naturally worry. As men, we want to find the quickest solution to get from point A to B. However, we don’t have a birds-eye-view. Like me in the hospital, I wanted the type of delivery that would cause my wife the least amount of difficulty. I wanted a quick, easy delivery. But what I did not know could have been deadly.
The Bible tells us to not fret. When we face situations that create fear and distress, we are wise to remember the exhortation in Isaiah 30:15. We can choose to turn our minds to the Lord, place ourselves in His care, and rest in Him. Even when we can’t see our way through, quietness and confidence can mark our lives.
“Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.” ― Elisabeth Elliot
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