No matter what the circumstances surrounding the breakup of your marriage, divorce renders a multitude of worries and serious challenges; financial, emotional, social, and spiritual. It is so easy to feel like you’re drowning in anxiety and part of that is due to the fear of the unknown, the what now?’s and the what if?’s.
As with every challenge in life, if you can look to the good example of someone else who has walked in your shoes before, it’s like having a bit of a life preserver to keep you going. Consider Mary and Joseph as they were returning from the festival in Jerusalem and three days into their trip, they realized they had lost the boy, Jesus.
Naturally, they panicked. Imagine the anxiety they must have felt not knowing where in the world He was. There were no cell phones or other mechanisms to keep them in touch so all they could do was backtrack. When they finally found Jesus in the temple, He was doing His Father’s work and asked Mary and Joseph why they worried so much. Why didn’t they assume everything was okay and that He was simply doing what He was suppossed to be doing?
Sometimes, Jesus is saying the same thing to you. “Why do you worry so? Don’t you know I’m doing my Father’s work?” When you feel overwhelmed by your worries and concerns, get a bible, read this passage in the gospel of Luke, and picture yourself in that scene. Then, take heart and trust that God is working your circumstances for your good.
After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2: 46-49)