I get stuck when I’m worrying about something. I pause everything in my life (or as many things as possible – can’t pause the kids, unfortunately) until whatever I’m worried about is resolved. This is a terrible way to live. It’s unnecessary and fruitless. And a HUGE waste of time if my problem is a long-term issue.
God says we should not worry. We should trust.
TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING; IN ALL YOUR WAYS SUBMIT TO HIM, AND HE WILL MAKE YOUR PATHS STRAIGHT.
And we should pray all. the. time.
DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING, BUT IN EVERY SITUATION, BY PRAYER AND PETITION, WITH THANKSGIVING, PRESENT YOUR REQUESTS TO GOD. AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH TRANSCENDS ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS.
WHO OF YOU BY WORRYING CAN ADD A SINGLE HOUR TO YOUR LIFE? SINCE YOU CANNOT DO THIS VERY LITTLE THING, WHY DO YOU WORRY ABOUT THE REST?
Worrying is not going to solve anything. It literally accomplishes nothing besides making me crazy and stopping me in my tracks. If worry propelled me forward, this may be a different story. But it SO doesn’t.
HUMBLE YOURSELVES, THEREFORE, UNDER GOD’S MIGHTY HAND, THAT HE MAY LIFT YOU UP IN DUE TIME. CAST ALL YOUR ANXIETY ON HIM BECAUSE HE CARES FOR YOU. BE ALERT AND OF SOBER MIND. YOUR ENEMY THE DEVIL PROWLS AROUND LIKE A ROARING LION LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO DEVOUR.
1 PETER 5:6-8
This is a scary thought, but it’s true. And I’m an easy target. When I catch myself in a thought pattern of worrying or the I-can’t-do-this snowball, I always pray for God to guard my heart and my mind. The key is to catch it, which is not easy.
I have a habit of getting stuck in negative thinking, even though I know better. I have a habit of fear and believing the lies. Despite the fact that I’ve worked pretty hard with a counselor to create new pathways for these thoughts, we all know they don’t just go away. It’s tricky. However, I will keep telling myself that worrying does nothing and that God’s got it. If He trusts me with all of these things – blessings, challenges, whatever you want to call the things that make up our stories and paths – I can certainly trust Him to pull me through.
I have to trust that if God is going to give me a challenge, He is also going to equip me to meet it head on, to rise to the occasion. Just as He doesn’t “close a door without opening a window”, He’s not going to set me up to fail.
Troubles, setbacks, obstacles, opportunities, struggles are all gifts for which we should be grateful. Even when they suck. We know this. These are the in-betweens, the pieces of our path, where we grow closer to God and to one another. We are warriors protected by the full armor of God. We are phoenixes.