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 than food, and the body more than clothes?
…difficulties are magnified out of all proportion simply by fear and anxiety. From the moment we wake until we fall asleep we must commend other people wholly and unreservedly to God and leave them in his hands, and transform our anxiety for them into prayers on their behalf:
With sorrow and with grief…
God will not be distracted.
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Letters from Prison
When one is a four-star top-rate three-dimensional worrier, even to the point of worrying about worrying, it is hard to let go of what seems like a profound and necessary activity. The earth is still spinning simply because I am worrying enough that it might not. The sun comes up each morning, because I have worried sufficiently during the night that it might not. My next breath, my next heart beat — all dependent on whether I worry well enough, long enough, deeply enough and really get tied up in knots over it.
Worry becomes a huge distraction from living life, but God is not distracted by it, so why should I?
He says stop worrying. Just stop. Let go and leave the details to Him.
Life is much more than worry, and yes, life can be painful, full of tears, and not as comfortable as we would like. Yet worry keeps us from life’s joy and rest and love, so much so that we end up missing out on the best parts by our clinging to worry.
Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane : “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:36 expresses His very human worry and anxiety but is a model for us when we face something overwhelming. Jesus places Himself firmly in His Father’s care, acknowledging God’s sovereignty in all things, and His divine purposes. Jesus admits He wants something other than God’s plan right at that moment. He is deeply worried.
But He leaves it up to God.
As should we.
As must I.
~ Emily Gibson
“You are never alone in suffering. Worry will tell you that you need to carry the burden on your shoulders; Immanuel — God with us– says, ‘I will carry it for you.’
When you fall into the trap of worry and believe that you’ve been abandoned by God, you won’t run to Him for help. But when you believe that God was, is and always will be there for you, you can run into His loving arms and find rest.”
~Paul Tripp, The Trap of Worry