I have always been a worrier. I literally worry about EVERYTHING.
I remember worrying as a little kid that my parents would die. I would go and check on them while they were sleeping to make sure they were okay. I worried about my grades, money, friendships, and my weight. Like I said earlier, I am a worrier.
When I got married and had kids, my worrying became ten times worse. I am pretty sure I became borderline insane when the doctor handed me my tiny newborn. I remember asking the doctor what I was supposed to do and then spilled out about 100 “what if” scenarios. I remember her laughing and telling me that we would be fine and figure it out. At the time I wasn’t so sure…
Fast forward to four years later. My children are as healthy as can be, but I have multiple friends who have lost their children. I have had three friends who have lost their baby to SIDS. Each time it happens I can barely pull myself out of bed. Just 2 weeks ago a friend of mine lost her 3 year old in a tragic accident. I feel like every month I am hearing more hard news of what is happening to the people around me.
SO HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO NOT WORRY?
Seriously, I am baffled. How are we not supposed to worry when crazy things happen EVERY SINGLE DAY in this world?
I decided to turn to Scripture for my answer. I don’t think I will ever fully master not worrying, but I do think that I will get better at trusting God in the process. God doesn’t promise that hard things won’t happen, but He does promise to be there for us through it all.
So here is what God says in Matthew:
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
I would say these are some pretty powerful words! It doesn’t answer all of my questions, but it does tell me that God loves us and that HE WILL take care of us.
Lets take a look at another verse from Philippians:
“6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I think God gave us this verse because He knows that we will face hard times. He wants us to rest assured that He will give us an unexplainable peace when we submit every request to Him.
So in conclusion, I can’t tell you that bad things won’t happen, but I can tell you that God can give you a PEACE and a STRENGTH to face any and all situations. We also have the promise that one day we will be with Him face to face where there will be no more tears, mourning, sorrow, or pain.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for this day!
I hope this post encourages you! You are loved…