Not long after that, Jesus went to the village Nain. His disciples were with him, along with quite a large crowd. As they approached the village gate, they met a funeral procession—a woman’s only son was being carried out for burial. And the mother was a widow. When Jesus saw her, his heart broke. He said to her, “Don’t cry.” Then he went over and touched the coffin. The pallbearers stopped. He said, “Young man, I tell you: Get up.” The dead son sat up and began talking. Jesus presented him to his mother. – Luke 7:11-15
By Gabriela Boy ’20
God hears your stresses and understands your doubts. His heart breaks for you when you are overwhelmed with uncertainty. In this verse, this woman’s only hope for the future was taken away from her, and Jesus recognized that. In that time, the husband was responsible for providing for the wife, and, if anything were to happen to the husband, then the son would take responsibility for providing for the family. There was no government system that would have provided for widows in that circumstance, so her life would basically be over with the death of her son. The widow was so overcome by worry that she could not utter a word, but God acted on a desire she had deep inside. Jesus meets us when we are desperate for him. He became a beacon of light in that mother’s darkness. He aches to do the same for you. He loves us, and he wants to show us that our worries are not bigger than he is.
As much as it pains us to admit it, worrying is a sin. We are ultimately telling God that we don’t trust him when we worry. As Christians, we have a hope that is everlasting. It is a hope that never dies, so we must not act as the world does when life gives small setbacks. We need to walk into His light. He will find us even if we do not ask directly. He knows our hearts. When we realize this, we start to overcome these minor setbacks with our heads up. It’s okay to be sad, but we must not live like there is no more light. God is waiting for you to embrace his light and let him worry about tomorrow. God is telling you to get up. Don’t let your doubts weigh you down. Get up. Trust him and continue your precious days on earth. Remember that blessings follow those who trust him. Let him pull you back up to your feet. GET UP. Worrying doesn’t add to the days of your life, but trusting in God lets you live in peace. The only thing that’s stopping you from receiving that peace is you. He is waiting for you to get up and call out to him. In God we live free from the worries of tomorrow. Why not start now?