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Calm Down, Shut Up and Quit Trippin’

By:  Kenya Nicole

Date:  4/17/2004 12:00:00 AM

  Have you ever had one of those days where it felt like things were just going in all the wrong directions? As Christians we feel like because we have laid our lives within God’s hands that it is wrong of us to feel like our day is going in the wrong direction. However, many of us have felt this way and I felt like this last Thursday.

Starting with late rising, I left my house already late for work but neglecting the fact that I had a scholarship due that same day, I knew already that I would be later to work than I had already planned. As I headed towards my first destination, I felt the emerging pains of what I thought would be a day that would never end with all the wrong turns. The bank wanted to tell me that my account had been overdrawn 3 times over and thus my newly deposited paycheck had been literally swallowed whole. When seeking the bank to explain the issue, they did like most banks and brushed me off. So I left there upset and as I tried to get all the rest of my material for my scholarship, I realized that I would not get to work at all. So after calling in to work, I had to run around town and be to the scholarship place by 3pm. I hand delivered the material but then my car started to act up. I was frustrated and just could not understand what was going on.

Then, I decided to go talk to someone that I knew at the bank about my account situation. On my way to the bank I heard someone say, “why are you complainin’?” At that moment I realized that I was making my current situation greater than it was. God had not placed a spirit of fear within me so why was I giving the devil more placements than he deserved? At that very moment, within my car, I apologized to God for my complaining and I thanked Him for all that I do have. Right after I apologized, I went into the bank and the lady that I talked with explained everything that was wrong with my account and not only fixed it but was able to give back 2/3 of the funds that the bank took from my account. When I returned to my car, it was working correctly again. All I could do was smile.

When I checked my email, I had an email from a friend with the following title: CALM DOWN, SHUT UP, AND QUIT TRIPPIN’. I knew at that very moment that it was God speaking to me again. These two texts of scripture came to me at that moment. One is Proverbs 3:5-6 which states: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thy own understanding but in all thine ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths”. The second scripture is Psalm 46:10 and it says: “Be Still and Know that I am God”. Both texts are telling you to trust God and let go of your own feelings. Both texts are trying to get you to realize that whatever situation you are going through is not what you hype it up to be and as long as your hand is within God’s hand and you let go of the reigns upon your life and allow Him to hold them then you are going to be okay for He never puts more on you than you are able to bear.

So the next time you are feeling like you are having a terrible day with all the wrong turns, stop what you are doing and say these words: Calm Down, Shut Up, and Quit Trippin’ for God is trying to handle the situation for you if you would just let go and trust Him.

Kenya Nicole is a Political Science major and President of the Gospel Choir at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah. Kenya may be emailed at



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