It’s taken me a long time to admit this but I am guilty of being a worry wart. My love and admiration for having a plan and knowing all the details stem from needing to feel some sort of control. However, as I grow deeper in my faith I’ve learned that this walk is not about control but surrender.
For many years I’ve grown accustomed to my thoughts leading to scenarios that breed stress and fear. Rather than taking it to the Lord in prayer, my subconscious response has been to find a way to gain control. However, this process always produces more worry as we try to manage meeting our own needs.
After examining my strategy for handling worry I’ve wondered how it’s affecting my relationship with Christ. While we are focused on controlling our worry and fear where does God fit in? How different would our life be if we allowed Jesus to be the Lord of the things we worry about?
Life as a Worry Wart
Worry can come for you when you least expect it. When you’re stuck in traffic and worried about being late to work. The moment an unexpected bill arrives and you don’t know how you’ll pay it. Or when the job you’ve dedicated yourself to suddenly lays you off.
Even our thoughts can cause us to worry about things, and for overthinkers like me, this happens often. My mind will go to scenarios and conversations that could happen so I try to figure it all out. Before I know it I’m stressed and worried about what could possibly happen.
The worst part is when our fears start to impede on our sense of self. This is where worry attacks me the most. As the Lord calls me to new levels (i.e. Christian blogging or preaching) my fear is saying I’m not qualified for the call. Instead of being excited to be used by God I question and try to resolve if I have what it takes.
In every instance where worry exists so does the absence of peace. Our circumstances and thoughts consume us with fear that God didn’t give us carry. So where do we turn when our worries get the best of us?
Do Not Worry
Every time I start to get worried the Holy Spirit directs me to Matthew 6. This passage always checks me and puts things into perspective when my thoughts get the best of me. Reading this powerful sermon from speaks directly to my fears.
It helps us see that worry is believing your problems are too big for God. If we truly believe that God is good and He works everything out for those who love Him then there’s no room for fear. When we choose to we are saying that we believe that God is not in control.
One verse that recently been added to my fridge as a daily reminder is Psalm 61:2. We can’t afford for our hearts to be overwhelmed and expecting the worst. Our Father is a great provider and He knows all our needs. Jesus can deal with our fears, but first, we have to stop carrying it and give it to him.
God Cares For You
When we allow our worry create a wedge between us and God it damages the relationship. Slowly we trust our fears over Him, the lies over His truth and the noise in our mind over His voice. These things add up and before we know it we can’t hear God and find ourselves lost. Don’t let your uncertainty take root in your heart; it can’t separate you from God unless you allow it.
If I allowed everything that worried me control my life I would remain stagnant. All the amazing people and opportunities I’ve met through blogging and ministry would not exist. We have to walk out on faith and obedience knowing that where He’s leading us He’s also providing a way.
Step out on faith and be led by His Spirit knowing that He is working in your life. You will never know where He’s trying to take you if you stay in fear and comfort. So cast your cares on Him and see how Jesus will use it for your good.