That’s what she said, almost every day that month, “It’s gonna be crazy!” I guess she was getting me psyched up January, for the mad rush that usually takes over the income tax season. It would be my first tax season, and who knows, maybe my last! She was making it sound scary. This is my testimony of banishing anxious thoughts as I stood on the promises of God.
I loved working for Kelly. Though bookkeeping wasn’t my favourite subject, I could do the job and I did it well.
In December, Kelly started talking about how crazy it was going to be. By this time, the third gal was no longer working with us so it was going to be just Kelly and I working the crazy months.
I started to get anxious. I mean, really anxious, worried, even.
I had read a Christian article about not being anxious and wore out the pages reading that article every night during those three months. I followed along in my Bible and read those verses til I memorized them.
Promises of God
Philippians 4.6-7, Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5.6-8, Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Okay, what now? Be anxious for nothing.
Okay Lord, I’m anxious but your Word says not to be anxious for anything. So I give the tax season to You, help me get through this, one day at a time. I’m praying to You, letting my requests be known to You and I’m thankful that I have this job, that I’ve been trained to do this job. I thank You for the peace that passes all understanding because I’m in You. I’m casting all my care upon You because You care for me. The enemy wants to see me crack under the pressure of the craziness that Kelly talks about but You are faithful, You will see me through.
That’s what I prayed every day in December. Then in January, I waited for the mad rush. One by one, our regular customers would bring in their bookkeeping along with the tax season customers. It was quite busy.
The challenging ones were the those who needed their taxes done. They were the ones who brought in their shoe boxes. Take the lid off and boing, the receipts would pop up as they overflowed the boxes! It was my job to sort through and organize them. Felt like a 1000 piece puzzles but once I got going, it became easy to do. Lots of shoe boxes came through the door that tax season.
Every day I would go home wondering if tomorrow would feel crazy.
Tomorrow, clients would arrive, see Kelly, and leave again. I waited and waited. I did my work and somehow January flew by, then February, but no mad rush. Well, maybe it’ll happen in March. Every evening I would pray the same or similar prayer, I would remind God of His promises and that I was trusting Him to see me through each day. And each day it was the same. Calm, easy paced, peaceful even. March flew by and still no craziness.
By the end of April, as we began to wind down the tax season, Kelly stood by my desk one day and said, Wow, was that ever crazy! So busy! I don’t remember a busier season!
Really? I didn’t think it was busy. I didn’t think it was crazy. In fact, I was still waiting for it to hit. I had a good time, it was steady but not crazy. But, it seems, for Kelly it was crazy busy.
Thank you, Father God for seeing me through the tax season.
God is Faithful
I trusted in His Word as I stood on the promises of God. He said not to be anxious, so I wasn’t. I believed Him when His Word says that He cares for me. I simply trusted Him and He saw me through. He showed me what faith in His Word can do, that He is true and faithful.
I have never forgotten that lesson. Be anxious for nothing. Trust in Jesus, depend on His Word. Standing on the promises of God … there’s something about trusting God to be true and faithful.
How about you? Is there a particular Bible verse or two that you are able to trust God for? Would you mind sharing that with me? I would love to hear from you!