“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.”
–Isaiah 26:3-4 (NLT)

It has been said that worry is a darkroom where negatives are developed. We all worry about situations in our lives to some degree, but worrying about your troubles doesn’t add to your life at all, and it can even make you sick. So how can we stop worrying so often when times get tough?

A few days ago, Timothy and I were stuck in quite a bind. We play piano and recorder in a variety of nursing homes in Arizona. Some of them are out of town, but our taxi company can usually take us there at a drastically discounted rate. Unfortunately, we found out too late that the particular nursing home we had visited that day was a quarter of a mile outside their service area.

The cab driver who took us there was nice enough to bend the rules and drop us off at the door. The trouble started when it came time to go home. To make a long story short, there were some delays and other transportation problems. Both of us were talking at once on our cell phones during the next hour, trying to straighten things out with the cab company.

Timothy was, understandably, very frustrated and impatient. For a while, I was just as worried as Tim. We both wondered if we’d be stranded all night, in a city 40 miles from home. Then, at some point during our double conversations, my attitude suddenly changed. I thought, “OK, God. This is a big problem, but we put our trust in You to solve it. Now how are You going to get us out of this one?”

Once I started focusing on God instead of dwelling on our situation, my worries went away and I felt a whole lot calmer. God is always on our side, so I knew that He would see us through. Tim and I thanked God for His help when we arrived home, about two hours after our nursing-home entertainment had ended.

I know as well as anyone that life has a habit of throwing problems at you, just when you least expect them. Whenever this happens, we tend to trust ourselves to solve everything, or we’ll ask other people to help us out. In any case, we may only turn to God when all else fails.

I suggest turning to God right away when things get out of hand. He may be the all-powerful creator of the universe, but He is also our heavenly Father. He loves each of us more than we could ever imagine, and He is always ready to help us with our problems, big or small. All we have to do is keep trusting in Him, and keep asking for His help.

God may not intervene as soon as you would expect. He may be trying to teach you a lesson, or he may be giving you a chance to change your behavior or your attitude. In any case, God will help you overcome the troubles this world brings you, even if His solution isn’t what you had in mind.

Now don’t get me wrong. I may be asking for God’s help, but that doesn’t mean I’m perfectly calm all the time. I went through my share of worry and frustration during our nursing-home adventure. But I decided to use God as my strong foundation and cling to Him, while the stormy situation swirled around me.

God is ready and willing to help you out too, as long as you promise to follow Him, obey Him and trust in Him. If you don’t already know Him, I pray that you will study His word and make the decision to ask Him into your life. God loves you very much, and He will never leave you stranded during the storms of life.

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