I’m worried about the bills, I’m worried that food prices keep increasing, I’m worried about where my crafting business is going, I’m worried about the future, will this pandemic ever end? Can we go back to life pre-Covid? All of these issues are outside my control and yet The Lord clearly states in the Bible to be anxious for nothing. So, what am I worried about?
All the while God spoke, and told me that I don’t need to be worrying about any of these issues, I felt very strongly that I was in territory that God clearly has taken over and He doesn’t need my help, but He also doesn’t need me to doubt and complain either. I had to step back and just listen and after He spoke to me, I know He loves me and wants to bless me if ONLY I can stay out of the way.
It’s hard for us humans to relinquish control over our own destiny. After all, we have the gift of free will…the freedom to choose. We take the option to do what’s right or not every day. So, when something is out of our control, we feel helpless, sometimes hopeless. I even freak out. But if God left it up to me to solve all my problems, how can I, if I don’t have the power or ability to change it? I can’t stop disease from coming, I can’t prevent a hurricane from coming to my area, and I can’t stop poverty or a multitude of social and spiritual problems. These are jobs for Jesus and only He can change them. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t be concerned about things, but it’s altogether a different story when we begin to worry.
The bird doesn’t worry….
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? – Matthew 6:26 (NIV)
When we worry, we don’t trust. If we trust, then we shouldn’t worry. Worry is a derivative of fear and fear is debilitative. It paralyzes our thoughts, actions, dreams. It stifles us and suffocates the life out of us. When we’re afraid, we can’t move in any direction. We’re scared of failure, but we’re also scared of success. Success to me is an unknown entity and so I do feel panic when I feel like I’m on the brink of something special. I have to pray this off me because I know God wants to bless beyond what I can comprehend and I don’t want to hold Him back because of fear.
I hope this topic isn’t hitting a nerve, believe me this post is as much for me as it is for you who are reading it. I grew up with fear all around me and it takes its toll on you as you get older. You don’t take risks a lot, you may lose a little bit of that spontaneity. I got to a point that I wasn’t willing to take any chances, my thoughts were that something would just go wrong. Who knows what opportunities passed me by. And I don’t want to live in regret of what I could’ve had.
With every small step hubby and I took over our financial situation, we witnessed how God brought us out. I know He will take care of us even if we don’t understand how a problem will get worked out. God used those years of financial woes to make us stronger. Now, we’re in a better state than before and have that faith to believe that He is our provider and He will ensure that no matter what is going on around us, we won’t have to worry. You can take my example and apply it to your life’s issues too.