2021.05.06 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Thursday, May 6, 2021 comes to us from Adam Pitman of North Carolina
Psalm 121:1-8 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; 8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Philippians 4:6 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
“Free From Anxiety”
When I was in middle school, I went through a three-year period when I was injured several times. While playing basketball, I suffered a concussion, broke my wrist, and sprained my ankle. Every time I healed, I got hurt again. I became anxious even stepping on the court because I was scared something bad was going to happen.
Finally, I decided to ask God for help, and God renewed my strength and courage. I also realized how much I had gained from my experiences. Not being able to play for long periods of time helped me to see how much I loved basketball. I also learned how to play the game more safely, which will allow me to be active for a long time to come. Our struggles and the anxiety they can cause are part of life, but we don’t have to go through them alone. When we pray and trust God for help, God will see us through our toughest situations. Most of the time after what I am worrying about has passed, I realize that I don’t need to worry because God is looking out for me all the time.
Prayer Focus: Someone who is Healing from an Injury.
Prayer: O God, bring peace to all who are suffering and courage to all who are afraid. Amen.
Thought for the Day: In times of anxiety, I will look to God for guidance and comfort.
— Adam Pittman
What makes you feel anxious?
For me, one thing that makes me feel anxious is the uncertainty of this pandemic: knowing that I don’t know what the immediate future could be like. I have trouble deciding what to do or plan because it feels like the situation of the world could be changing instantly and without any notice.
Adam Pittman reminds all of us that sometimes we have to go ahead, trusting that God’s guidance will bless our plans and actions in ways that lead to fruitful ministries in God’s world.