Misfortunes Hardest to Bear

Matilda was a cheerful maid, who worked for a wealthy woman, who was a chronic worrier.

One day, the mistress questioned her overly plump and disgustingly cheerful maid. “Matilda, do you have any money in the bank?”

“No, ma’m, but I get along on what I get.”

“But, Matilda, suppose you get sick? Or suppose we should lose our investments, and would have to let you go, and suppose you wouldn’t be able to find another job?”

At that point, the wonderful Christian maid interrupted with a blunt sermon in her own style,

“Suppose, suppose, suppose. That’s all you ever do! There’s no supposing in my Bible! My Bible says, ‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.’” And then, in a final burst of beautiful exhortation, the maid declared, “That’s your trouble, Mrs., you is doing so much supposing and not enough reposing!”

Philippians 4:6 commands, “Be anxious for nothing.” This actually means “Stop perpetually worrying about everything.”

Also, “Stop perpetually worrying about even one thing.”

A frantic mother called her pastor one day. She had a bad case of “nerves.”

He thought  he heard a child’s voice over the phone, so he asked,

“Is your child as upset and worried as you are?”

“Why, of course not,” she replied. “But why not?” he asked.

“I suppose she puts her trust in me, and lets me do the worrying,” she answered.

“Then make a transference, try to think of yourself as a child of God, and just as your child puts her trust in you; you put your trust in God.”

Amy Lowell advises, “Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come”.

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

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