Don’t Worry by Sarah Beth Tankersley

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

– Romans 8:28

don't worryI have heard this verse from Romans so many times throughout my life, and it has proved its validity through several different opportunities that I have experienced. This past Sunday was one of them.

Spring break always makes this church internship a little difficult—having to miss two consecutive Sundays can really throw you off your game. The second Sunday of our break, Seth (my co-intern) and I were asked to provide some sort of program for Sunday Night Youth. As typical college students, we procrastinated communicating with each other and both showed up that evening with our own individual programs for that night. In the few minutes before youth began, we established our game plan. We agreed that we would sing some worship songs, watch a video, and then have a short discussion (Seth’s plan). My program had been a Lenten learning recap, but I did not think either of us were quite mentally prepared to follow through with that having just come off of break.

As we began our program, Seth and I sang a few songs with the youth, and without practicing or even warming up, our worship songs flowed so effortlessly. This really set the stage for the rest of the program. We began the video with your typical technical difficulties, but as we finished up with the 10 minute clip, I realized that we had not come up with discussion topics. Once again, we winged it in a true free-spirit college student way. This is where that verse in Romans really takes hold.

We started out discussing the topic of the video, being the storms of this life and casting all of that stress and worry on God. This presented an excellent transition into Lenten topics. Expressing the concern of Jesus in the wilderness and how He had to rely fully on God and constantly casting all care and worry on the Father, this is such a valuable mindset to take on. Following this Lent talk, Seth throws out the verse Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This was an excellent scripture to encompass our program, and it turns out that our head pastor had used those same verses in his sermon earlier that morning! It is funny how God can work things out to mesh so perfectly even without our knowing. It is not worth stressing over last minute programs, or whatever life may throw at you. What truly matters is being open to the Holy Spirit and allowing God to move through you to work toward His purpose.

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