Before call waiting, caller ID, or cell phones, I remained anxious about missing important phone calls. After graduation, I submitted resumes around our area. I sat on pins and needles anticipating a call for an interview. I constantly feared that I was going to lose out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity if I left the house. I knew somehow vital information was going to escape my grasp. If another family member tied up the phone, panic ensued!

As God’s providence would have it, I was teaching through the book of Esther to my Ladies’ Sunday School class. When I came across today’s scripture, it spoke directly to my anxious heart. As I read the account of Mordecai, while routinely sitting at the gate, uncovering a murderous plot by Bigthana and Teresh to kill King Ahasuerus, God’s providence shouted volumes to me. Through the narrative God gave me the assurance I needed to depend on Him to providentially put me in the right place at the right time as well. He also assured me that if there was pertinent information I needed to know, He knew how to reveal that to me just as He had made it known to Mordecai.

Now, when the temptation arises to listen in on a conversation or to ask questions about a situation that doesn’t really concern me, I remind myself that if there is something I need to know, I can depend on God to let me in on it, and you can too.

Father, thank you for calming my anxious heart as I depend on you. Remind me that you will guide my path as I turn to you. I trust you to place me in the right place at the right time and to make sure I am not missing information I need to know. Amen.

Go Deeper — Think back to times God has providentially worked in your life. Write them down. When doubt or anxiousness creeps in, read them again. Let those experiences grow your dependence on Him.

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