June 29, 2020

Matthew 6:25, 28, 31, 34

”Therefore I tell you, do not worry… Why do you worry… So do not worry… Therefore do not worry…”

 

I was struck recently when a friend confessed to me, “Oh, I always worry a lot!”  

Except it wasn’t a confession, it seemed a mere statement of fact to her. She waved it off like it’s a normal part of life, like paying taxes. Her whole demeanor was one of utter acceptance, as if she were saying, “Oh, of course I worry. I have so much to worry about, you know, and everybody worries, I can’t help myself, that’s just who I am, so, yep, I’m a worrier!”

And I couldn’t help thinking, well, yes, it’s true we are all pretty good at worrying in our culture, but… didn’t Jesus say, “Do not worry”? (And He said it pretty clearly, too!)

I have fought worry my entire life. A doctor once told me I was wound tighter than a drum and didn’t even know it. I thought he was crazy, but deep down I knew he was right. Yet it still took me years to accept it and actually begin to ask God to help me learn to unwind.

Are you trapped in your worries today? Are you wound tighter than you think you are? There is only one Person in the universe who is able to release you from your burden of worry and help you to truly unwind. 

Will you take your troubles today to your loving Heavenly Father?

In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.  (Psalm 4:8)

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