Rust Of Life

“Anxiety is the rust of life, destroying its brightness and weakening its power. A childlike and abiding trust in Providence is its best preventive and remedy.” ~ Tyron Edwards …

Anxiety is “the rust of life;” after all, it feeds on us, corroding and destroying our faith and certainty and obscuring the beauty we perceive in life. Unfortunately, anxiety is something that generally seems to plague us no matter how much we try to avoid it or prevent it. Perhaps that is because it is so deeply rooted in our emotions–fear, uncertainty, apprehension, failure, and so on. Or maybe it is a result of trying to manage it in unhealthy and ineffective ways. Regardless, the best way to handle it–and thwart it–is through complete trust and faith in our Creator. This requires complete surrender of our worries–it means evicting anxiety so that peace may come inside.

Our humanity creates a desire to want to be in control of our lives–to know that everything that occurs to us in life is a result of our actions, or inactions. But it is impossible for us to control everything. In all honesty, it is difficult enough for us to control a few things, let alone the infinite possibilities that confront us, or have the potential to.

I have found that the people who are happiest in life are not necessarily those who are well off–the wealthy, the powerful, and the famous. These individuals tend to be cynical and critical of life, often harboring unhappiness and encouraging those around them not to trust life either. In contrast, the truly happiest individuals tend to be those who trust life–those who go about living open, caring, and compassionate lives.

Trusting in God’s Providence truly is the best preventative and remedy to the rust that feeds on the beauty of life. Let go of your anxieties, your worries, and your cares… place them into the arms of your Creator who made you and watches over you with unconditional love and unfathomable passion. You will find your worries becoming all the less, until one day, they simply are no more.

Let go of your anxieties.

Questions to consider:

What does “trust in Providence” mean to you?

Why is trust often a difficult thing for people to find and embrace?

How does trust release you from your anxieties and worries?

For further thought:

“Remember always that there are two things which are more utterly incompatible even than oil and water, and these two are trust and worry. Can you call it trust, when you have given the saving and keeping of your soul into the hands of God, if day after day you are spending hours of anxious thought and questionings about the matter? When believers really trust anything, they cease to worry about the thing they have trusted.” ~ Hannah Whitall Smith


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