Outside the Lines

Jesus tells His followers:

"Do not worry about things, saying "What will we eat?" "What will we drink?" "What will we wear?" These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else---live righteously, and He will give you everything you need."  Matthew 6:31-34

Does doubt ever try to creep into my thoughts?

Unfortunately, yes.

I texted a friend a few days ago to give encouragement.  I reminded him of the above Bible verses from the book of Matthew telling us not to concern ourselves with daily earthly needs, that our heavenly Father knows all about them.

Later in the day I seemed to forget that those verses applied to the circumstances in my own life.  As I looked at the receipt from my car's oil-change, it revealed need of brake, hose, tire, and front-end attention. 

 I  literally felt the fear begin to well up inside as I reflected on the low balance of my bank account.  "No, I do not need this frustration right now!"

I then looked up, and immediately saw a sign on the wall that encouraged coloring outside the lines. 

Of course!  Why was I beginning to fret?

My heavenly Father does not have to stay within the lines of my rationalization.  He paints lovely pictures for my life that are not dictated from barriers imposed by my fear. 

Do I believe Jesus is the all-powerful Son of God?  Absolutely!

Is Jesus  my personal Lord?  Yes!

How many times has my Lord come through for me, providing for my needs?  Literally hundreds, probably more like thousands of times.

Is anything too hard for Jesus?  No.

Will He help with the repairs of the car?  Yes, I trust my Lord to help me with every issue on Planet Earth.  All I have to do is maintain the childlike faith to believe Him.

I do not have to know how He will do it, I only have to trust it will be done.......

Thank You, Father--in Jesus' Name.,