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When anxious, lean on God for assurance

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I opened the cabinet in the bathroom yesterday to hunt for some Pepto-Bismol. Suffice it to say that my system was upset, and it needed some help. I’m keyed up about the election issues and also rushing to get some chapters ready for my writing professor. Maybe that explains why my body was not happy.

When I looked in the cabinet, I discovered that someone had recently bought several new bottles of Pepto-Bismol. I’m sure if it came in a giant, economy-sized bottle, that would have been in there.

Hubby John is in the middle of an enjoyable, but demanding, Ph.D. program, and son James works for the Office of the President. Although his job is not political, he, like all the employees of the U.S. government, is waiting to find out what’s going to happen on the political scene. So, I’m not surprised that one of them brought home some remedy for an upset stomach.

Evidently, young pastor Timothy also suffered from some body reactions since the Apostle Paul told him in 1 Timothy 5:23 to “no longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities.”

I suspect, for one thing, Timothy was stressed out over the many problems in the church at Ephesus, including dealing with false teachers.

We know that God is in control and ultimately all will work out for the best, but it’s hard for our bodies to believe there’s no need to be concerned. To use an analogy, if we were in the middle of a raging river and knew we’d get to shore, it’d still be tough not to swim with all our strength and be concerned about when we’d get there and what shape we’d be in when we arrived. We wouldn’t be calm, I’m sure.

Yet, we can still take comfort in the many scriptures about assurance. For example, Philippians 4:6 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but…let your requests be made known to God.” Now it we can only convince our gut of that!

Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.

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