When I arrived home from the weekend conference Sunday evening, I realized a hitchhiker had accompanied me in the door.
His name was Worry.
At once he set to work bringing up all those things that had conveniently been dormant while I had focused on an enjoyable weekend of ministry. One by one, people and circumstances – ‘what ifs’ and ‘if onlys’ – popped into my mind and got me to thinking.
I might as well have just snatched back from God everything and everyone I had ever entrusted to Him. I might as well have emailed all those women to just forget what I had taught them, because by now even I wasn’t buying it.
I had retrieved those worries and I was planning to drag them into my new week. Oh yeah, that hitchhiker had already settled in to my home and heart quite comfortably.
Mama said, “Worry is a lot like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but you don’t get anywhere.”
Actually worry causes regress, not progress. Experts say that most of what we spend time worrying about never actually comes to pass. Think of all that time and energy spent worrying, now lost to us forever. Who has time or energy to waste that way?
I’m also not prepared to pay the price of holding on to my worries. “Just from a medical perspective, living in a constant state of anxiety, worry, or fear can cause all kinds of irritability and frustration, mood swings, depression, and decreased mental function.”
I’d rather do what this verse says Leave all your worries with Him, because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5.7
God wants to carry our burdens. God wants to assure us that He has everything under control and we can leave all concerns in His care. “God is not pacing the throne room anxious and depressed because of the condition of the world. He knows, He is not surprised, and He is sovereign.” (Dr. Richard Swenson)
Some of us excuse our worrying by saying that it’s just our nature to do so. Nothing could be farther from the truth – we make a choice to worry.
I was shocked to learn that the root words for ‘worry’ are rather violent. The Old English derivation is wyrgan, which means to strangle. This term later evolved into worien, which meant grabbing another creature by the throat with your teeth and shaking it to death. Gulp.
Honey, that hitchiker is not going to strangle me today!
Instead, I choose to leave every person, every circumstance, every concern at the foot of the Cross and draw near to the One who knows me best and loves me most.
“Father, thank you for providing for my every need. Thank you that I don’t have to spend my days consumed with worry; I can be consumed with You. No need enters my life for which you have not already planned and provided. I choose to keep anxiety from cluttering my heart, and instead let it be filled with You. Amen.”Jennifer Kennedy Dean
May the grace of Christ, the love of God, and the friendship of the Holy Spirit bring you comfort and strength, Lucinda
“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity and Strength”
©2021 Lucinda Secrest McDowell www.LucindaSecrestMcDowell.com
Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a storyteller and seasoned mentor who engages both heart and mind while “Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.” She has authored 15 books including “Soul Strong – 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life” and “Life-Giving Choices – 60 Days to What Matters Most.” She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England and shares encouraging words at LucindaSecrestMcDowell.com