Worry by JW Kaiser
Forget about all your troubles. Don’t worry; be happy. It will all work out. Just go surfing.
When all of the worries of life pile on to our hearts and mind, simple phrases and going surfing helps… a little. During the stressful seasons of my life, a happy word of encouragement and an even happier surf session helps to lighten the load. Unfortunately, when I step back onto the beach, my mind begins racing again with worry. The thrill of the waves and water has been replaced by anxiety and a focus on the things I cannot change. Sometimes I want to just give up and give in to the alarms going off in my head. I’d rather lose sleep with excitement about a new swell approaching than with all the worries in my head that are stacked up.
Doesn’t God hear the alarms in my head? Why would God give us something so heavy as worry and anxiety that we can’t turn off the thoughts in our head? Actually, the switch is right there within our reach. We can turn off the worry switch but it takes work on our part. The work is very hard work because it is the work of believing. God is teaching us that he is enough and he uses all things to reveal himself more to us, even worry. He is for us… and the work we have to do is to believe that. The scriptures tell us to “not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Phil 4:6. Do you catch that? Prayer = work. Supplication (asking) = work. Thanksgiving = work. Remember, in the end, it all comes back to God as in “let your request be known to GOD”. Worry becomes just another tool in God’s quiver of things he uses to show us his love and goodness.
Wouldn’t you rather lose sleep with excitement about a new swell than because of the worries? If we go to the Lord in prayer, asking and thanking, our worry will turn into a new wave of faith, trust, and hope… and hope in Jesus does not disappoint.
“Worry is belief gone wrong. Because you don’t believe God will get it right.”
– Ann Voskamp