The story was told of a man who knew grief like the palm of his hands. Joseph Scriven was born in County Down, Ireland, but he moved to Canada after the drowning of his fiancee some days to their wedding. In Canada, he became engaged again, but his fiancee became ill and died before they could be married.
In his grief, Scriven determined to devote himself to a life of service.
Later on, there were two men who offered to contract him as their wood cutter only to be shocked by the fact that the hardworking man served only people who could not afford to pay him back.
Not long afterwords, he received word that his mother was ill. He couldn’t afford to return to Ireland, so he sent his mother a poem in the hope that it would comfort her.
The poem began:
“What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!”
He thereafter submitted a copy of his poem to a religious journal, where it was published. A few years later, in 1866, he died. But his poem lived on in ways that he could never have
imagined. It was published in a book of hymns by Ira Sankey, a musician who worked with Dwight L. Moody.
I am drawn to the the following lines of this classical hymn:
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
This is so true! The Psalmist understanding this stated that he could lie down and sleep soundly because he trusted the Lord to keep him safe. The point of my sharing with you this week is this: if you will not let go of your cares and burdens and let God take care of you, your potentials will be wasted needlessly! Life may drop a lot on your plate, but let these words of Paul be your guidepost at all times:
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Phil. 4:6 MSG.
This week I ask you to let go and let God. We have a friend in Jesus!