Worrying. One of the quietest, easiest ways to waste a
Worrying about life and all of it’s ups-and-downs is a silent killer. One of Satan’s greatest tricks, I think. If he can get his hooved foot on our path of progress with a little worry, so much destruction can take place. And his tool? Two little words – “what if…?”
“What if I don’t get this right?”
“What if they think I’m not perfect?”
“What if they see me for what I really am?”
“What if she/he doesn’t do life the way I think is best?”
And the answers??
“What if I don’t get this right?” —- “You won’t.”
“What if they think I’m not perfect?” — “You’re not.”
“What if they see me for what I really am?” — “They will.”
“What if she/he doesn’t do life the way I think is best?” — “They won’t.”
Really, it’s that simple. Every time. But we don’t accept that easily. We allow our thoughts to carry us into the abyss of worry. Of control. Truly, that’s what it comes down to. It’s really the quesiton of, “how can I control this situation?” Instead of accepting the freedom of Him shining through all of our imperfections, we obsess about them – and the shackles tighten. We are more comfortable in chains than we are living as free men and women.
And we do this to others as well. In trying to control their thoughts/actions/behaviors we put God in a box and decide that what we think is best, is ultimately better than any plan that He has. As if the all knowing God Almighty, hasn’t taken his children’s broken and ugly lives and transformed them into miraculous evidences of His grace from the time the crunch into that forbidden fruit forever changed our destiny!
Througout the Bible, God gives us two very powerful words to trump Satan’s two very damaging words – “Do not.”
Jesus, over and over again, says, “do not worry.” Not, “really, really try not to worry,” but “do not worry.” Pretty cut-and-dry. With all of the gray areas in the bible that the church, for centuries, has tried to turn into black and white, we take this very simple demand and we ignore it with our “what if’s.”
God, forgive my what if’s. Forgive my doubt and my need to control. I want to trust you as much as I say I do. Thank you for the black and white “do not.” You knew we would struggle with that, thank you for not giving us any reason to wonder if worrying was a task we should have to take on. Thank you for Jesus, and help me to look more like Him.