Worry. As a mom, a friend, heck as a woman, worry seems like a natural part of life. I worry about my kids, about my job, about my friends, about ridiculous things like “does this top really go with these pants?” But, worry is really just a call to prayer.
If I am worrying then no doubt I am (at least subconsciously) thinking –
1) I can somehow be in control of a situation or thing I can absoloutely not be in control of – such as whether others approve of my outfit choices or whether or not my kids make good choices away from home.
2) and, I must not believe God can handle it and I need to take it on myself.
Whoah there. Is worry really me trying to take on what belongs to God? You betcha it is.
Worry is a call to prayer. It is a call back to the running conversation we should be having with Him all day long.
When I find myself in the midst of worrry I must stop, recognize I am not in control, and offer the worry to God – and then TRUST He’s got this. That’s the faith part. Handing it over and trusting God will lead me through the solution to the worry with grace and love and patience.
Matt 6:32-34 Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat? Or What shall we wear? . . . For your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about it’s own things. Sufficient for the day is it’s own trouble.
Notice, in this verse, we are not even supposed to worry about where our next meal comes from. We are supposed to trust that God will provide. If we are to trust that He will provide for our basic needs, we are supposed to trust him with the more frivilous and the big serious things as well.
We are to LIVE IN THE MOMENT. Live for today. This is a call for me not to futurize and plan so much. I feel called out. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about it’s own things. . . ” I can plan, I can futurize, but really, I must lay these plans and dreams at God’s feet and say “if it is your will. . . ” and Let. It. Go. in trust of HIM . . .