I know I have written on this subject before. The reason is that worry and sadness are the biggest obstacles in my life. But I notice other people also struggle with this so I guess I will keep writing about it.
One of my granddaughters has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She has had this since she was four years old. Her life has been full of fears and sadness because of this disease. She started to get better when she turned 13. Her fears were slowly ebbing away and we were all rejoicing.
She is now 20 years old and has done very well. She finished her grade 12 from an online school. She had a job in the last city the family lived in and did very well. Now they have moved to a new city. She got a job at The Body Shop. After she was hired and had worked a few days, they told her there was a quota on how much she must sell each day – $650. Well, she had already been selling that much, but the pressure of the quota and the 3 times monthly that they reviewed her work was too much for her so she quit. Apparently, her boss said no one is ever told they are meeting expectations. Everyone is told they are working below expectations so they will work harder, but it was too much for my granddaughter. She needed encouragement – not discouragement.
The Body Shop may be nice to animals, but humans are a different story.
So, she is having a set-back in her illness. She doesn’t know if she wants to try to work again. We are all feeling worried and sad for her.
This morning, as I talked with God, I said to him, “I know we are not supposed to worry or feel discouraged. But it is so hard not to feel that way.”
Then Mom and I turned on Joyce Meyer, who was speaking on trusting in God. She used the Scripture, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12
“We don’t know what to do.” Yes, that is when fear, worry and sadness come upon us.
What can I do for my granddaughter? Nothing but be her friend.
What can God do for my granddaughter? Anything and everything.
That’s why our eyes should look towards God. He gives us hope. The hope is in how strong and wise he is. The hope is in how the Bible shows God brings good out of evil. The hope is in believing he hears our prayers and is working for us and for those we love.
“…hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and steadfast. Hebrews 6: 18,19
Psalms 42 and 43 are great songs of hope. “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again–my Savior and my God!” Psalm 43:5 With hope, we move beyond the present day and look upward to the “God of all hope.”
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5