Frettin' Over Almost

Worrying over something that almost happens seems so silly… after the fact! I can laugh a little unless it’s me who’s having the experience. I feel like our family has lived these past few years experiencing one “almost disaster” after another. Sometimes it’s been pretty scarey, but God has come to our rescue again and again.
When a crisis arises, if I could just get my focus on all the times I’ve fretted needlessly, it would cut out a lot of worry! I like that old fashioned word fret, it means to worry or be discontent. Another definition says, to cause erosion by gnawing with acids. For me, the longer it takes between praying FOR an answer and receiving help, the more time worry has a chance to gnaw. I have noticed God is into making me wait.
Contentment is a mindset, it’s a choice. It begins before the road gets rough. Choosing to be at peace with where God has me today, in whatever circumstances are going on. Belief that He has a plan, He’s in control and it’s for my good. No need to fret every time it looks like things are about to fall apart. It just may be an”almost”, either way an opportunity for my faith to grow.
The angel in Daniel 12 tells us that through the suffering at the end of times, “many will be purified, cleansed, and refined.” God uses trials of all kinds to change us. Even the little -waiting on Him for direction- kind. And this is His purpose for us: “He did this to present her (the church) to Himself as a GLORIOUS church without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead she (the church) will be holy and without fault.” Ephesians 5:27
We are the church. He is refining us. God is near- trust, and stop fretting.

  1. What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
    Leaning on the everlasting arms;
    What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
    Leaning on the everlasting arms.

    • Refrain:
      Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
      Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.
  2. Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
    Leaning on the everlasting arms;
    Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
    Leaning on the everlasting arms.
  3. What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
    Leaning on the everlasting arms?
    I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
    Leaning on the everlasting arms.
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