Hakuna Matata

The Lion King movies are loved by many, even my older sister. When we were kids, it was one of her go to Disney movies, including Princess Diaries of course. To say that I don’t randomly get the song Hakuna Matata stuck in my head, would be a lie. The song has been apart of me since I was little, whether I liked it or not.

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Wind and Waves

Mark 4:35-41 (NKJV)

On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.”

Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats we’re also with Him.

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.

But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”

And they heard exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

A lot of us have heard this story since very young. You went to Sunday School and you heard this story or maybe you heard it from a parent or friend. This could actually be your first time hearing about it and if so, it is a story that is always told for some reason. I’ve heard this story many of times and when I read it in the Bible for myself, it’s one that I thought was awesome, but just kind of forgot about it after reading it. When I needed to hear it though, was when I saw the real beauty in it. Yes, this is a great story, but it isn’t only that. This story is a beautiful reminder that God can do anything and He can help you through the winds and waves in your own life. You know how in songs, people consider their troubles “waves”. This is what troubles truly are. They are waves. God helps you through the waves. You may be thinking now, “Why won’t He just rebuke them and make them go away like He did in the Bible?” If you are, that is a great question that I also ask myself, but here is something that I should be asking, “What would I learn?” One thing that I know is that God wants us to have faith in Him and love Him with our whole hearts. If we had no trouble that we had to work through with Him by our side, we wouldn’t need faith. Honestly, if He just made every one of my problems disappear, I wouldn’t know how to love Him with my whole heart. It’s like the concept of parents. If your parents gave you everything you wanted, then yes, you would love them, but if they passed away, would you have learned how to live life without them? No, probably not like others. You would actually be a bit angry with them for not teaching you everything you needed in life and leaving you to find stuff out on your own, figuring it out yourself. God is NOT ever going to leave you, but I use this so it can be understood, because I have a hard time explaining things sometimes. Lol.

That is how the human mind works and God knows that. He made us. This is why he doesn’t make it disappear instantly. Keep in mind though, He always answers your pleads, maybe not in the form you exactly wanted, but He does. You have to keep your eyes opened, your ears hearing, and your mouth thanking God for what He has been doing in disguise.

Winds and waves… God’s in control and He’s got this!

Do Not Worry

There are so many awesome verses in the book of Matthew! Today, I wanted to share this particular passage with you. I’m going to be flat-out honest, I am a huge worrier. There are so many worrisome questions that I ask… Is this good enough? Did I say the right thing? What if…? I think you get my point. I should really just stop worrying and start trusting God more.

(The sections in bold, are parts that stood out to me)

Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

You see why I love this right? These verses have such a powerful meaning and lesson behind them! I could go on to preach about not worrying, but I have this problem of my own. All I can say, is this…

We all worry, some more than others, but worry gets in the way of the joy that God is trying to bless us with. I know this, because I have felt this. When I get so overwhelmed by this parasite called worry, my happiness level drops way down and then I start feeling very anxious. When I go a day without worrying, I feel so much better.

I hope that these verses can give you a little bit of encouragement, just like it did for me. 🙂