2010_Remedy for a Troubled Heart_Renee Nordquist

Has your world ever turned upside down? Or have you ever had all tangible security stripped from your grasp? If so, you find yourself confused, afraid, uncertain, worried, stressed…your heart is troubled! There are times when we walk through so much heartache and loss that it seems all we have known is a troubled heart. We are weighed down and desperate for hope.

We’ve all been there at some time in our lives. Some of us might be there right now. As single moms, we often carry an extra load having to bear all the financial responsibility, juggle all the schedules, navigate not only our own tumultuous emotions but also those of our hurting children, and face yet another decision alone. No wonder our hearts are troubled!

Yet no matter what you are facing right at this moment, pause and allow Jesus to whisper into your life, “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Trust in God and trust also in me.” (John 14:1 NLT) You want to know the remedy for your troubled heart? Trust in God.

This is not just a “religious” answer. It is bedrock to our very survival! Trust in God is not just something we believe in our minds; it is not simply that we believe God is God. Trust is believing with the very core of our being that because God is God we can trust Him with our lives in this moment. We can trust God with each and every thought, circumstance, detail and reality that is troubling our hearts! The very fact that Jesus said don’t “let” your heart be troubled reminds us that we can chose whether to allow life’s situations to trouble us or not. Yes, times may be hard. Yes, circumstances can be overwhelming. Yes, our troubles may be real. But we don’t have to let our hearts be troubled! We can be at peace even when there is no peace around us.

Jesus also said, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but some day you will.” (John 13:7 NLT) Somehow our amazing God is able to take everything we walk through and weave it into a plan for good that we will one day see and understand. God is always at work in our lives. We have “a hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us. Paul proclaimed that our God is able to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think through His mighty power at work in us. (Ephesians 3:20)

It is true that we might not understand what He is doing in our lives right now. We may not understand it tomorrow, next week or even next year. But we can rest in knowing that it is God’s love that will determine our days! God holds you and your children in His hands. So next time you heart is troubled, whisper from your inner most being “I trust you, Lord” and allow God to overwhelm you with His peace. Trust in God is the remedy for your troubled heart!

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God…..”