March 17, 2014

I will be standing there

By Michelle Moyer, a junior nursing major from Monticello, Ill.
THIS WEEK’S THEME: I will be standing there
DEVOTIONAL:

My brother, who is three years older than me, got married last month on the beach. As I was sitting in my chair at the head table, I started looking at each person and I realized how our lives are all constantly changing. Time does not stop. We are not stagnant human beings. We all become older – our relationships change with our family and friends. We may view ourselves differently, but there always seems to be part of that same young child or teenager within each person.

It becomes so easy to think about the changes with negativity, sadness and fear. However, I have to stop myself. Tomorrow, and the change it brings, is a day not to worry about. The past has shaped each one of us to be the beautiful beings we are.

Instead of worry, sadness and fear, I begin to have joy for too many things to even list, but mostly the fact that my feet are able to dig into warm sand and I can be surrounded by my dearest family members watching my brother get married to a wonderful woman. I have hope that in the future, which will have its challenges, I will be okay with God by my side. God will be standing there.

The fear and worry subsides with the knowledge that things may be different tomorrow, but different is not a bad thing. I challenge you to enjoy today for today and not worry about tomorrow.

Matthew 6:34: “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today”

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Comments (11)

  1. Yet these changes are so difficult when you are alone with no family…

    Mary March 17, 2014 |
    • Mary, I understand your comment. My prayer for you is that God will break forth in measures of comfort to you today as only is possible by His holy grace and presence.

      Joy Hostetler March 17, 2014 |
  2. Thanks Michelle — may you be blessed in your care for others who face the crisis that one person’s illness can bring to a whole family.
    P.S. Are you well acquainted with the “train museum” in your home town?.

    Norm Morford March 17, 2014 |
  3. Thank you, Michelle, for that wonderful reminder of God’s faithfulness.

    Mary Owens March 17, 2014 |
  4. Thanks for that reminder Michelle that we need not worry about tomorrow from Matthew! There is plenty to worry about and so we just need to live with the faith and affirmation that God is present every day!

    Vicky Kirkton March 17, 2014 |
  5. A wonderful message of trust and hope for a Monday morning! Thank you, Michelle.

    Betty March 17, 2014 |
  6. Frankly, Michelle, this was just what I needed today. A reminder that change is inevitable and that in every change God is with us all the way. And a reminder that we are still who we are too…..and God loves that part of us that is unique. How faithful is our God.

    Joy Hostetler March 17, 2014 |
  7. Michelle….. Re:”different is not a bad thing” … At age 81 I fully concur with you and rejoice in your insight and wisdom.

    Terry Hobin March 17, 2014 |
  8. You are so right – change is constant. As a busy college student who has undergone many life changes and events all in one week, I can appreciate this sentiment. It can be exhausting sometimes, but you’re right – God is standing there, ready to give us rest and remind us of who we are underneath all the chaos. And change can be good sometimes.

    Elizabeth March 18, 2014 |
  9. MIchelle,
    I so appreciate your deep reflection and your being tuned in to God’s good news! Thanks for this reminder that we’re in good hands.

    Mary Biddle March 18, 2014 |
  10. Leave a response…

    Thank you for this good commentary, Michelle.
    God is standing there.

    Jon Byler March 22, 2014 |