Mercies in disguise Reminding ourselves of the love and
power of God diminishes worry.
Have you worried yet today? If you’re like most women you are probably thinking, Who hasn’t worried today?
Women are natural worriers. We worry about those we
love and things we value. Our minds knot together past,
present and future.
By worrying we seek a sense of accomplishment and
control. If we don’t worry, we feel terrible things are more
likely to happen. We candy-coat fear with words like “
concern” and “care” too often, justifying our overly imaginative thought life.
The truth is that with every worry, we sin. If we are
honest, worry is our way of trying to take back control of
our lives from God. Worry is something we cling to for
comfort as we walk through each uncertain day.
But when we dwell and spin, stew and sin, we are far
from experiencing “life to the full.”
Worry isn’t just a problem in today’s fast-paced world.
In Matthew 6: 25 and 27, Jesus addressed the crowds on this
very issue. “Therefore I tell you, do not
worry about your life, what you will eat
or drink; or about your body, what you
will wear. Is not life more than food,
and the body more than clothes? . . .
Can any one of you by worrying add a
single hour to your life?”
We say we trust the Lord. We know
God is sovereign over all things. But do
we live as though these are truths? Or possibilities?
Scripture reminds us in Matthew 6: 33 to seek first the
kingdom of God. When we deliberately focus on God and
biblical truth, our minds are no longer free to spiral out
of control. By seeking God’s help to overcome worry and
becoming intentional about our thought life, we can be
set free from fear.
Let’s ensure we always have scripture close at hand
so we can turn to it, whether we are waiting in line at the
grocery store or lying awake in bed at night.
Another good trick is to set certain triggers to remind
us to pray and recall memorized Bible verses throughout
the day. For example, we can think on the words “Be still,
and know that I am God” (Psalm 46: 10) each time we
stop at a red light.
When we catch ourselves anxious about our singleness,
marriage, parents, kids, home, job – let’s turn our thoughts
to God and His Word instead of our worries.
God seems to have created women to be compassionate
nurturers. As such, the temptation to worry is always hovering over our shoulders, ready to rob us of our peace and
destroy our joy. We need to remind
ourselves that worrying doesn’t really
prevent bad things from happening.
When we put aside worry, we are not
somehow allowing worst-case scenarios to come to pass.
We can choose to live in fear or we
can choose to trust God. As it says in
Romans 8: 28, “We know that in all
things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.”
And what if our worst fear does come to pass? It
wouldn’t be easy or without pain, but God would be with
us each step of the way. He may never require it of us, but
if He doesn’t prevent it, then He will give us the faith and
strength we need to endure.
Be assured God won’t bring us to what He won’t bring
us through. No, dear sister. In fact, our greatest fear coming true could be the way God will be most glorified in
God seems to have
created women to
MIcHeLLe ar THur is a pastor’s wife, mother and
executive director of Women Alive. Find more of these
columns at www.theEFC.ca/WomenAliveFT.