With wind chills dipping the temperature to a slightly chilly -18°, today just seemed like the perfect excuse for cup of hot chocolate.  But not just any hot chocolate, Serendipity 3 hot chocolate! You know, the famous little café in NYC with a 60 year history where the likes of Brooke Shields, Andy Warhol and the High School Musical cast have dined? When my parents took off on my dream vacay to NYC without me, the least they could do was bring me back a taste of the city.

And the city tastes so gooood! It's not a trip to the the Big Apple itself, but it's good enough for now!  

Sitting here, sipping my hot chocolate, browsing Pinterest, and listening to the Frozen soundtrack on repeat, I felt so relaxed and content.  It was perfect.

Until I remembered that math test coming up tomorrow that I don't understand . . .

Until I remembered the feelings I had hurt today with my careless words . . .

Until I remembered the mess I call my bedroom . . .

Until I remembered that many people don't have a place to take shelter in this dangerous cold . . .

Until I remembered a friend that my heart breaks for . . .

and then, everything wasn't so perfect anymore.  I began to stress over every little detail and only succeeded in causing myself to worry even more.

But God gave me a little tap on the shoulder.  Why should I even waste time worrying when the Creator of the universe has everything all under control?  That fact alone immediately gave me a sense of peace that I know could only come from God.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; 
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior
-Isaiah 43:2-3a

How amazing is that?!? God's got you, so you don't even have to worry about it! That's exactly what that singing fish has been crooning to all along, "don't worry, be happy!" 

I'll leave you with a great and extremely catchy (warning!) Kari Jobe song that is spot-on for this situation.  And I should probably get to studying for that math test . . .


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