When my husband died leaving me alone to care for myself and our 4month old, I feared the unknown future. When I was sick this past summer, I was also tempted to worry. I fought my fears by doing what I suggested to you on Tuesday. I cried out to God and cast my cares on Him. That was step one. When we cry out to God, it brings a sense of stability to our lives where as worry brings chaos.
Did you know the word “worry” means to be pulled in different directions? I wonder if you’re being pulled in different directions due to your “shipwreck.” Or perhaps, like me, you are focused on the challenges that God has allowed you to face today. Then, we need step two: Yield control to God and trust Him for the future.
In Matthew 6:34, Jesus told us how to break free from the cycle of worry by finding peace and contentment in the plans and purposes of God.
“Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
I hate to admit it, but I missed so much of the present with my son because I was consumed with tomorrow. Does someone need your attention today? Don’t give up today for the sake of tomorrow.
The truth is you and I don’t have a clue what tomorrow will bring, but God does. He’s already there. Take care of God’s opportunities for you today. Trust in His plans for all of your tomorrows. When we yield to God’s control and trust the future to Him, we’ve found the antidote for worry. Instead of being pulled in different directions, we are pulled in one—God’s direction.
When I’m drowning in doubt, I have tendency to seek out the shoulder of other worriers. If you do the same, break away. I began asking God to bring positive, faith-filled people into my life—people who would not sympathize with me but would encourage me to rise and shine.
Meditating on scripture instead of my feelings also helped me resist the temptation to worry. Here are some of my favorites. I hope they strengthen and encourage you today and into the New Year:
“Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and see the Lord’s Salvation. He will provide for you today.” (EX 14:13)
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; whom should I be afraid of?” (Ps 27:1)
“Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Heb 10:23)
Micca Campbell-Helping Women Live Carefree in God’s Care