Worry

Exodus 14:14
The Lord will fight for you, and you need only to be still.

I have been struggling with worry all my life. I worry about things that most people would agree that they also worry about; loved ones, relationships, the future, the state of the world. I also worry about school, meeting new people, doing well in my job, paying my car insurance, if I’m going to hit traffic going over the bridge, if the patient I saw in the ICU last week is doing any better now three days later… the list is truly endless. If I really wanted to I could write an entire blog post… heck, I could write an entire BLOG on just what I worry about. But that’s not the point.worry

The point, of course, is that ALL of these things are things that I do not need to worry about. So many of them are so far out of my control that what does worry accomplish? Absolutely nothing. What is that quote about worrying being like a rocking chair? It just gives you something to do without getting you anywhere? Well, worrying is worse because it also makes you crazy. At least, it makes me crazy. Even the things I think I have control over, like school and my job, in reality are all in God’s amazing, more than capable hands. There are tons of verses in the bible that speak directly to that thought, but interestingly enough there are two that speak right to my heart on this topic, and neither of them is from 1 Peter.

The first is that verse from Exodus that I posted at the beginning of this post

In His quiet, gentle way with this verse, I feel like God is telling me to do what I try to get my brain to do whenever it starts going in circles of worry; shut up! The beautiful thing though is that He gives me more, because He knows that it is not an easy thing to do. I could scream at myself all day to stop worrying but it won’t do me any good unless I know that someone else is taking care of it. Someone else is fighting for me, and all I need to do is to be still.

The second verse is my new current favorite verse (probably because it has just struck a chord so  deep in me this week) is this one:

Romans 12:12: Let your hope make you glad, be patient in times of trouble, and never stop praying.

I don’t even know where to begin with this verse. Every bit of it resonates with me in some way. It’s okay to hope for things, it’s okay for things to be hard. Just don’t. stop. praying. That is where the hope is. That is where there is a God who will fight for you when all you need to do is be still.

Remember that. Stop worrying. God’s got it, and your worry accomplishes nothing but putting yourself in a sick, sad state of mind. Now, this is not to say that you shouldn’t care about things. There is certainly a fine line, as sometimes it is very difficult to separate care from worry. For example, I care about school. I work hard at it and get good grades. God calls us in Colossians 3:23 to work heartily at whatever we do. But this is different than worry. If I truly work my hardest and put forth my very best effort but still obsess over the work I have done, then I am worrying. If someone I care about isn’t being particularly friendly and it bothers me, it is because I care. But if I dwell on it and let it ferment in my mind, I am worrying and letting it turn into a monster when I should have just given it up to God. He goes before us, He will fight for us, and He sure as heck knows that we human beings need to take a chill pill. Stress is not good for our health, either. But that’s another post.

My prayer for whoever reads this is that the next time you find your head going in circles about something, give it up to God. Pray about it, journal about it, and remember that you have a God who loves you and cares about you and your well-being, both mental and physical.

Much, much love and God bless,

K

PS: This song from Casting Crowns’ most recent album was playing as I edited this post.. how appropriate?! I love this song so much.. also if you get a chance to see Casting Crowns live I HIGHLY recommend it, they are phenomenal and such real, awesome, Jesus lovin’ youth pastors.

9 thoughts on “Worry

  1. Wonderful post! I am not a worrier by nature, but once in a while big tings catch hold and keep me up at night. I have learned to ask God for peace during these times, and he never lets me down. I love both of these verses; being still is something that appeals to me, and the Romans one is a very clear command to be glad, be patient, and pray.

  2. Thank you for these two verses. Worry was such a regularly occurring thing for me before I gave my life to Christ. It’s something that definitely runs in my family. I can now say that because of my faith the worry has been thankfully taken away. How wonderful and blessed that we can send our worries away to our faithful Lord. I really like the way you have expressed the difference between caring and worrying, thanks! X

    • Kristen says:

      Thanks! It is amazing how much being able to put our faith in Christ just shuts down worry on it’s face. I often wonder how I ever made it through life before trusting Jesus… I know I never would have made it through even just these past 8 months of motherhood!

  3. Worry comes naturally to me as well! And with some, anger comes with worry, and that’s what I just wrote my most recent article about! http://www.libertygracelove.com/speakingsoftly/

    I love that Exodus verse. Talk about extreme worries. The Jewish people had everything to worry about during the time of the Exodus. God provided for them anyway, just as he provides for us even though we do not trust Him to do so. 🙂 Keep writing, you’re doing a great job! 🙂

    • Kristen says:

      Thanks Sarah! That’s part of what I love about the Exodus verse as well. I love your post and the connection between worry and anger… it’s so true.

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