Pray More, Worry Less

by Olivia Albrecht  / May 2017

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” -Psalm 121:1-2

As a somewhat new college student, I have had so many changes in my life in a short period of time. As you can imagine, it hasn’t been easy. There have been a few times where I have felt upset and alone, the most recent being when my car broke down. I tend to think and worry too much about things, and with this incident came a flood of negative thoughts. “How am I going to get the money to pay for these car repairs? Why don’t my friends talk to me more? Why don’t I know what I want to do with my life? Why does it seem like nothing is going right in my life right now?” And the list goes on.

Then I read the Psalm at the top of the page, and it gave me so much comfort. Sure, things may not go the way I want or expect them to, but that’s just God’s way of telling me that He has something better planned for me. When I think about these things, I like to turn to my class’ graduation passage: Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Our thorns may seem too great to bear, but Jesus was the one who took on the greatest thorns.

This hope isn’t just for me, but for all of you too. I know so many people who struggle with the worst things day in and day out. Cancer, anxiety, and depression just to name a few. For all those down-trodden people: You are NEVER alone. God is always there to get you through it, no matter how difficult it may seem. Our thorns may seem too great to bear, but Jesus was the one who took on the greatest thorns. He saved us from our sins. He healed our sorrows and burdens. We have nothing to worry about. God’s got it under control. And these plans aren’t just for our everyday life, but for eternal life with him in heaven.

If you ever feel alone or stressed about something, I encourage you to pray about it. Prayer is so powerful, and I feel we take it for granted so much. God even tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

I hope and pray that all of you enjoy this life that you have graciously been given by God. And I will leave you with a quote one of my friends keeps on her mirror that speaks so much truth: “Why worry about what tomorrow holds, when you know Who holds tomorrow?”

Tenth Avenue North – I Have This Hope (Official Lyric Video)