Life carries such uncertainty and often times brings with it worry.
Worry about the unknown. Worry that things won’t work out as we expect or hope for. Worry that bad things will happen.
Worry. Worry. Worry.
The unknown can certainly make us uneasy and worrisome. We want to know what to expect. We want to know that nothing bad is going to happen. We just want to know because that gives us a sense of security, a sense of control. And face it, most of us do not like not being in control.
But life is full of uncertainties — failed expectations, hurts, illness, loss — and the truth is we are never truly in control.
Not because there is some great road map on which our destiny follows a dotted line, but because…Life.Just.Happens.
Yet even in the midst of this uncertain out-of-control world of ours which can throw many curve balls at us, we can let go of worry and find rest. It really is possible if we make the choice to do so.
We must not fret, but instead trust, delight in, commit to and be still (rest) before the Lord. (Psalm 37:1-7)
I love how my pastor reminds us often that worry is like a rocking chair in that it gives us something to do but never gets us anywhere!
Worrying never adds anything good to our day but instead subtracts minutes, hours and days from our lives.
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” ~Matthew 6:27
We can be free from worry and find rest if we choose to. We can choose to stop rocking back and forth on worry — and instead stand firm in His love and grace knowing that no matter how many curve balls come flying our way we do not need to fret.
He does not leave us nor forsake us — He always delivers us when we cry out to Him and when we choose to give thanks to Him in all things.
My all time favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-8
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”
This reminds me to let go and let God. These words ease my mind and heart when life happens and brings with it those uncertainties full of “what-if’s”. I can trust God to bring about good in all things even if I don’t understand why something happens or am scared of what could happen.
Oh, I used to be and admittedly still am at times a huge worry-wort, but these days I find myself worrying less and less. Perhaps part of that is age, but I believe most of it is my strong faith and hope in something much bigger than this life.
Letting go of worry is not found in some magic formula, it is found in the midst of the Grace freely given to each one of us.
“…everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”. ~Romans 10:13
Have you let go of your worries? Or do you continue to rock back and forth on them?
May we all remember to lay our worries at His feet and trust, delight, commit to and rest in Him — for that is where we will find worry-free and restful days.