As we all worry and speculate on what the next few weeks will bring, I find that one of the most frustrating (and concerning) things about the whole Brexit issue is that we are in the hands of other people to make decisions on our behalf. No-one really seems sure what the effects of leaving without a deal may have on us because no-one really knows.
What do we do with these worries and all the other ones that we carry every day?
I heard a story about a plumber who was working on a farm house restoration. He had just finished a long hard day when everything seemed to go wrong. He had a flat tyre on his pick-up, his electric drill stopped working and by the end of the first day he was a long way behind schedule. The man he was doing the job for gave him a lift home. The plumber invited him in to meet his family and as they walked towards the door the plumber paused briefly near a small tree and touched the tips of the branches with both hands. When he got into the house and greeted his wife and family the days cares seemed to have gone from his shoulders and he looked a different man.
As he walked the man to his car and thanked him for bringing him home they passed the small tree. The man asked the plumber about what he had seen him do at the little tree.
‘Oh, that’s my trouble tree,’ he replied. ‘I know I can’t help having troubles on the job but those troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and family. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home and ask God to take care of them.
Then he smiled and said, ‘the funny thing is when I come out in the morning to pick them up there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.’
Whatever worries we are carrying they are all important to God and we can bring them to him every day because every part of our life is important to him.