Lately I’ve found myself in a place of worry! I have been worrying about various situations and decisions that I am currently facing. Can anyone relate? You know, that place in your mind where you ponder your circumstances, problems, troubles and the potential impact it can have on your life and those you love. It is like a never ending story of what, how, why, if, and when. Really when you think about it, worry is a form of meditation –just on the wrong things. Worry is when you focus and meditate on your problems and circumstances instead of focusing and meditating on God’s word and promises.
Worry is a verb -an action word, and according to Webster, to worry is to afflict mental distress or agitation; to feel or experience concern or anxiety. When I read Webster’s definition all I could say was wow. Furthermore, 2 specific synonyms for the word worry stuck out to me – fear and stress. Another big WOW! So basically, when I worry, I am afflicting mental distress on myself, operating from a place of fear not faith, which leads to stress….Sounds about right to me!
I began to realize that worry is a trap, a fiery dart from the enemy. It is a destructive response to difficult, challenging, or different times that leads me to fear. I believe that this is one of the enemy’s best weapons because it is so subtle at times. It is almost like we are socialized to worry, to try to figure things out, at least maybe I was. But, Philippians 4:6-7 tells us not worry about anything and pray about everything. I love the message version:
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life."
I am clinging to this scripture this week, knowing that worry is a trap and choosing to shift my focus from my circumstances to my Savior. I am choosing to utilize the privilege of prayer to not only tell God what I need but praise Him for what He has already done. I am choosing to go to my loving Papa and tell Him my concerns, experience His comfort, and hear His instructions. Will it be easy?-No. Will I find myself in a place of worry again?-Yes. But let me tell you this, His grace is sufficient. Friends, I am learning how to truly trust God, how to apply my faith, and how to truly accept his grace. I am a work in progress!
So friends, the next time we find ourselves in a place of worry, let’s stop ourselves, accept His grace, and turn our worries into prayers!