Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
I was about 6 years old. I remember looking out the window to the driveway. Wondering when she’d ever get home. It felt like she was gone forever. My mom went for groceries. Yes, groceries. For as long as I can remember, I remember worrying. I clearly remember worrying about my mom while she was out shopping. I was anxious. I could not wait until she was home safe.
Being a mom, I can completely understand why my mom wanted to “escape” for groceries! I’m not sure why I was a natural born worrier. But I was good at it. I worried about everything. And continued to into my teen years, and after marriage and children. It’s an ugly habit I’ve tried to conquer a thousand times.
That’s why I absolutely love Matthew 6, 26-34. It’s my favorite passage and I should read it every single day. Living one day at a time has always been a challenge for me. I’m a planner. I don’t like surprises. I am not a risk taker. I like to know what’s ahead. Control situations, keep everyone safe. Unfortunately, that’s not real life! In the last few years, we’ve had several “surprise” storms come our way. And as much as they were very difficult, I have to say, they helped me to stop worrying. That sounds crazy, doesn’t it?
I was forced to live a day at a time, sometimes, an hour at a time. Just relying on God. Recently, a Christian radio host mentioned that worrying is actually being rebellious to God. That hit me hard! I never thought of it like that. It further convicted me to keep this worry problem in check. I certainly don’t want to be a rebel in God’s eyes.
I can’t explain the relief you find when you realize you really aren’t in control of anything anyway! When you really do trust. Trust that God loves you, looks out for you, wants and knows what’s best for you. I made a habit of quoting Bible verses to myself. It is still a challenge but He is helping me everyday.
It’s funny how God works. My morning dog walks also helped my anxious thoughts. Who knew my rescue dog would become my therapy dog? And there’s something about being in nature, fresh air…great way to start your day…in God’s creation. He’s so good and works in mysterious ways.
So whatever your challenge, don’t be a rebel! Stop the exhausting battle and surrender to God. That’s when He can truly work…when we surrender. Remember… do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself… Just because we may have been born rebels, doesn’t mean we have to stay that way!
Dear God, thanks for ever giving up on us. Thank you for always loving and gently finding ways to lead and guide us with your unconditional love. Amen