On worry and waiting

Worry is one of the easiest traps we fall into.  We turn things over and over in our minds to get an idea of how to get a handle on a given situation.  When we start worrying each worry feeds on the preceeding one and soon we are on a runaway train to misery.  We don’t want to feel out of control and so we worry about how to get control.  The irony is that our maintaining control behavior leaves us more and more out of control. We act impulsively to “fix” things instead of turning to God and relying on Him.  God’s wisdom is there for you.

Matthew 6:25- 33 says,

“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?  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?  Who of you by arguing can add a single day to his life.  And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the lilies of the field grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his spendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the frass of hte field, which is here today and tommorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?  … But seek first  His Kingdom and His righteousness ad all these things will be given to you aas well.  Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrrow will worry about itself. Each day has enought trouble of its own.”

Worrying is hard for me.  It is a constant struggle for me.  At times worrying almost has a seductive lure  to it.  The words above always help me.  I ask the Lord for patience and to help me surrender my will to His.  That is when I have the most peace.  Acceptance can be so hard.  Trust is so hard.  But by accepting my own fear and God’s love for me I find the peace He offers.

Isaiah 40: 31 says,

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

to be continued….


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