“Be Bold and Courageous! Do Not be Afraid” (Joshua 1:9)
Worry is another word for fear. When we fret, we wear away our peace, like a river wears away at the earth, making new passageways. However, these are not paths that quiet our soul. These are paths that lead to torment. Yes, torment. It may sound medieval, if you cannot stop thinking, stop worrying, increasing your frustration, the harassment of worry culminates in torment.
Worry is commonly mis-interpreted to mean, “I care for you; therefore, I worry about you.” That means, I am in constant fear for you. Ergo, the greater my worry, the greater my love.
That is deception. I had a conversation with a woman a few years ago about our children driving. She commented on how she worried, just feared every night her teenager went out. She could not rest until that teenager was home, safely tucked in bed.
She wanted me to confirm that fear. Instead, I told her what I believe, “I pray protection over my sons daily so that no harm comes to them. I pray that God hedges them in front and behind. If I worried, then I wouldn’t be trusting that God was doing just what His word says He will do for my sons.”
I have had to retrain my thinking. Worry creates obsessive thinking in my case. Worry is like an ant eating away all my other thoughts, just leaving worry in my mind. I had to stop worrying! Not only for my peace of mind, but because every time I worried, I was telling God I didn’t trust Him and His promises. God sent people across my path who taught me eradicate worry like the Orkin man takes care of infestation. However, just like the Orkin man, it is not a one treatment solution.
When worry knocks at the door to my mind, I spend time with my Father. He gives me the heads-up for what I need to be doing. Sometimes it is just waiting. Sometimes it is a call to action. Sometimes it is a call to prayer. It is always a call to trust.
The next time worry whispers in your ear, calling you down the path of worry, shut the door, call the Father, and trust. Trust the promises of God!