Worry – it’s got to go. It’s a time consuming, energy draining, unproductive activity – and it seems that many of us are prone to it. As I mentioned in last Saturday’s blog, I was actively taking steps to deal with thoughts that were trying to highjack my days. I shared about how I was journaling, taking thoughts captive, taking more time to be in God’s Word, in prayer, and to be silent. The beauty of all of those choices: God’s been speaking. He’s been reminding me of truth. The kind of truth that anchors the soul.
On November 9th I was reading and reflecting on the words in Sarah Young’s devotional book Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence. And as I was reflecting on the scripture passages listed, I got stuck – in a good way – in Luke 12: 22-26 (NLT), which says:
Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
These words are attributed to Jesus (red letters in some translations), and he just said that worrying can’t accomplish a little thing like adding a moment, or in other translations a day, to our life. He called that a little thing! And he then goes on to say if your worry can’t accomplish that for you, then hey, what’s the use of worrying about bigger things? As I pictured myself in that conversation, I almost imagine Jesus just shrugging his shoulders and looking around at crowds and saying, “Just stop worrying, I will be there with you.”
Young suggests that when a worry, especially a future-oriented one tries to assail you, you should remind yourself that “Jesus will be with me then and there. With His help, I can cope!” 1
The hardest person we will ever lead will be our self. It’s important to remind our self of truth. It’s important to let Jesus be Truth in our life – in all the ways He has promised to be.
He’s here now, He’ll be there then – stop worrying. Say it out loud. Repeat it. Slow down, and repeat it again. He’s here now, He’ll be there then – stop worrying.
How do I know? What TRUTH speaks to this? This one:
And be sure of this: I [Jesus] am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matt. 28:20b
Prayer: Lord, even if this day doesn’t turn out as I’d planned, I know you’re here. You’re here in my today’s and there in my tomorrow’s. Thank you for your promises. Thank you for your faithfulness. I choose trust over worry.
Thank you for loving me. Thank you for calling me your own. Amen.