It’s so easy to worry. It’s a skill I’m extremely proficient it. In fact, I don’t like to toot my own horn, but I’m kind of an expert in worrying. Sometimes I wonder if I should have been a writer for a television drama because if there’s a plot to be thought up, I’ve done it.
Complete with plausible back-story, logic, and total manipulation of others’ supposed actions, thoughts, perceived body language, private conversations I was never a part of. You name it, it’s part of the story that brings my anxieties to my mental big screen.
And there it shows, on constant replay.
Everyone worries. It’s our nature. But why do we worry when God tells us not to? Why is it so hard to think that tomorrow is going to be awesome and so easy to think that something dreadful is going to happen?
In looking at myself, I think that it’s a prepping mechanism. After all, no one likes to look unprepared, unaware, embarrassed when something takes you by surprise. And no one likes being the last one to know something. It’s odd, really. When worry takes such a strong place in your life that you expect the worst and think through all possible scenarios so that you’re prepared for anything.
That’s draining. And to think you could be spending your time enjoying the life in front of you today.
In Matthew 6:27, God asks us, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
But I probably can shave off years through stress and worry! Ugh, who wants to do that?! And yet, here we are…worrying about stuff that hasn’t (or worse yet, may never) happen.
God goes even further, demonstrating his bigness and our smallness in Luke 12:25-26 by saying, “25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
Did you catch His bigness there? I’ll give you a hint…it’s in verse 26.
We look at worry as a big thing. And we worry about big things. Obviously too big to give over to God, right? I mean, this is big stuff. And yet here is God, saying you can’t add a single hour to your life. You can’t do this very little thing so why worry about the rest?
He can add hours to your life just like He can take them away. He can provide, he can comfort, he can guide, he can allow you to wait. He tells us in Matthew 11:28-30, ““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Give God Your Worry
It’s the giving that’s hard. When you give it, you can’t take it back and worry about it more. Or you never really gave it to Him. Wouldn’t you like some rest? Can you imagine what that feels like? To just…not worry. Crazy, I know.
But that’s the lesson to work on here. Give your worry to God. Completely. It’s a hard thing to do because you’ve spent years conditioning yourself to walk through worst-case scenarios. But use these scriptures as guides, encouragement and reminders to let God have your worry. To stop worrying. To rely fully on God.
I’m going to try this myself…you in?