Do you ever worry enough to feel knotted up inside?
It’s not hard to court negative feelings in a whirlwind world. We worry about our children, families, jobs, government, economics, rumors of war, contagious disease, catastrophic weather patterns, health. . . and a zillion other reasons we can add to the list.
The definition of worry is to choke or strangle. It chokes our peace. The Greek root (merimnao) means to divide . . . another words, we go to pieces. Not good.
Sometimes we deceive ourselves and dress worry as concern. The difference is in the ability to take action out of concern, or identify it as something out of our control (and most things are). Then, it’s just wasting time and emotion stewing over something we can’t fix.
It’s not about those who suffer from the medical problem of anxiety – I mean those of us who wring our hands with the today (and tomorrow) what-ifs. We allow them to ambush our minds and steal our sleep, when worries grow in the dark.
Jesus, the One in control, had a solution. Stop.
I don’t know about you, but if I carry yesterday’s load along with today’s load, while worrying about tomorrow’s load, I will be absolutely flat-lined. So, I want to accept the good counsel in Matthew.
Worry is when we doubt God’s ability and presence. It’s when we say God can’t, that He’s not big enough.
Instead, we can give our worse what-if to God. The maybe-might happen-probably won’t, but what-ifs. I have a few things that could grip me this week, so what steps can I take to not knot?
Trust. Pray deep.
Identify and write it down (I’m a journaler), lay it in Father God’s lap (and don’t go back for it), look up verses on worry (and memorize a few), and dwell on the positive . . . with today’s grace.
Worry knot . . . and ask God to have strength to live for today . . . just today.
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Thy consolations delight my soul.