Pella Chronicle

December 9, 2011

Ouder en Wijzer (Older & Wiser)

Kathi Gross
Vriendschap Village Marketing Associate

Pella — I know my columns so far for Senior Savvy have been about practical issues.  And though most of what I want to share here will be about these types of things, today I would like to talk about something I think many seniors (and their families) are dealing with everyday.  Worry.  As stresses and changes come, and boy do they come fast and furious for senior citizens, worry can sometimes not only influence us, but it can actually begin to take over our lives.  Our joy is lost and life becomes drudgery.

At my house, we work hard to keep worry at bay.  Every time we turn around, it seems there something else to worry about.  Family members ill; young and old passing from this life - some tragically, others quietly; the economy; unemployment; unpaid bills; and on and on we go.  The temptation to worry and fret is strong.

Sometimes it is hard to hold our heads up, to be encouraged and at peace in spite of all the pain and suffering around us.  When burdens weigh us down, we cannot imagine going on another day.  To say life can be overwhelming is an understatement!  If we worry over every hard thing that comes our way, we lose sight of truth.  Truths like the fact that God cares about our troubles, and He is in control.  These are promises!  In fact, we have many promises from Him concerning this very thing.  He knew, from the start, that life would be hard, that the evil one would sometimes have victory in our lives and discouragement and grief would win the day.  But He gave us something precious and powerful, to see us through:  the very words of His heart written to each of us.  There are many verses I could share with you but two seem to stand out.  (I’ve used the New Living Translation.)  

1 Peter 5: 7, 10: Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.

In his kindness God called you to his eternal glory by means of Jesus Christ. After you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.

My favorite part is the phrase from verse 10 “after you have suffered a little while”.  I love the temporary flavor of this passage.  We will not suffer forever, there is always hope for the believer in Jesus Christ. He is the lifter of our heads!  All we have to do is cast our worries and cares on Him, knowing that He cares for us, more than we could ever know.  How can we worry, if we believe this!

So, when worry begins to overwhelm you, trust God and take Him at His word.  Claim the promise of a “little while”, knowing that in the end, there will be victory and peace.  Take heart, my friends, God knows your heat ache.  Now, cast it at His feet and find encouragement!