One early morning, a week before Thanksgiving, Anna slid into a seat next to me at our kitchen table.
“I couldn’t fall asleep last night.”
Before I could respond, she placed a hand written sheet of paper in front of me, and with her eyes, and a nod of the head, indicated she wanted me to read it.
THINGS I AM STRESSED ABOUT
Just last night I had held Anna tight in a long hug as tears puddled in her eyes.
The list before me was long and varied.
The play (she would soon be performing), the other kids’ lines, calculus class, scholarships, the political divide in our country . . .
The list of 18 things detailed the weight she was shouldering.
But, each concern was carefully crossed out.
Off to the right, in large letters she wrote.
“How many of these are God in control of? One? Five? Nope! All of them. He has a plan and He has a way. Listen and SEE His hand in the stressful points of life.”
I cradled Anna’s face in my hands, went nose to nose and whispered, “Yes. Yes. YES.”
Is your list long? Complex? Never-ending? Impossible to comprehend, much less bear?
Jesus came for lists like these, and the weary hearts that go with them.
Jesus is here.
Jesus in near.
So we don’t have to be afraid.