There are so many fears that lurk about a mind. Talk to anyone and you’ll hear quite an assortment.
There are the fears about death—death of a spouse, death of children, your own death. There are fears about ill health—yours, your spouse’s, your children’s, your parents’. There are fears about accidents. All of those just listed may also include financial fears because they all bring about expenses, some astronomical, many unexpected. The stress of it all can make you sick, which just brings you back to an endless cycle.
There are fears of failing a test, failing a course, failing or losing a job, failing a dream, not finding what you seek, embarrassing yourself, offending someone, losing a position on a team, losing a friend, breaking something, getting lost, missing a flight, running behind, being too early, over extending yourself, not having enough time, having too much time, purchasing the wrong item, messing up the technological device, stalling in oncoming traffic, etc. You can think of thousands of ways to worry.
Being prepared may alleviate the fears some, but honestly, how can anyone be prepared for everything? You can’t be prepared for all the scenarios. You can’t stop living by hunkering down in your house and never going anywhere. Lots of accidents happen at home. Besides, when you’re sick, that is where you prefer to be—home. We have to live to feel fulfilled, to make a difference, to fulfill our purpose.
Humans cannot control the weather, control other people, know the future, or erase the past. All fear does is stymie us and steal away the present.
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.” Psalm 56:3-4a
Matthew 6:25-34 talks about how we should not worry. We aren’t supposed to worry about our life, what we will eat or what we will drink or what we will wear. Verse 34 says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
So when I start to worry, having such little faith, I shall have to firmly remind myself to trust God. Since He’s got it all figured out, I will rest in Him. I’ve been told that I shouldn’t say try because that shows my lack of faith. No, I will have to wrestle and overcome my fears. So will you. Perhaps we can encourage each other along the way.
So go ahead take that step or leap. He will catch you.
Don’t worry. Trust. Don’t worry. Trust. Don’t worry. Trust.
Oh, and most of all, pray without ceasing.
How have you overcome worry? What fear have you crushed?