Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned. And by sometimes, I mean, all of the time. Ha! For most, the minute we lose control of life, a situation, a relationship we begin to worry… and worry can have some serious physical and emotional effects. It make us lose sight of who we are and where we’re intended to go.
I used to be the biggest worry wart out there. I’d worry about grades, work, the future, my parents getting old, how I looked, what I ate, etc. It’s ridiculous how much energy we spend on things we really can’t change. I’m not quite sure when it happened but one day these verses (which I had read a gazillion times before) hit home.
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 important than food, and the body more important 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 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies 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, O 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.
God’s got it. He always does. Worrying won’t change an outcome, instead it will cause your heart and mind to grow restless. I’ve decided that His ways are far greater than mine and that he should be the one to decide my next steps. I have to admit, life becomes so much easier to live when you let go of the trivial and realize that it’s ok to not know all the answers. It’s quite liberating to live freely.
Read more verses about worrying here.