The more I read Peanuts, the more I relate with Linus. We both have a baby blanket that we can’t detach ourselves from and we are both worrywarts.
Going into 2019 was a rather nerve-wracking experience, and it’s probably the first time I enter a new year this anxious. I worried about my new classes, my new workload, my ability to juggle work with serving in church, and with planning the wedding. And the way I dealt with all the issues was to compare my worries, envy others, complain more, work and juggle more unhappily, and try to come out with my own remedies. It was just like that time when I realised that my soup was too salty and panicked. Instead of asking for professional help, I added more water.. and for some stupid reason, more sugar. Needless to say, the soup was a disaster. And I am, at the current moment, am bathing in that hot soup.
Professional help. We all need professional help. Thankfully, God reminded me today that He has given us the best professional help we can ever ask for – the Holy Spirit – and that He will be with us and He will give us peace.
“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
It’s not easy to be contented in times of difficulties or anxieties. In fact, the human heart itself is a worrywart, especially in a world of troubles. But I’ve really got to remember, we’ve got to remember, that this world is temporary. Our worries and troubles of the temporary should not blind us from the eternal. Jesus has died on the cross and He has overcome the world. He will come again, and all earthly worries will disappear.
So, have peace and joy. Instead of dealing with all my struggles and anxieties on my own, instead of working mindlessly, always come back to God first. Trust in Him and take a step at a time. He is making me, making us, a fearless and peaceful person today.