Two words that we have all heard at one time or another. “Don’t Worry”. Easier said than done, am I right?
“I’m so worried. What if I don’t pass this test? I am struggling in this nursing program and I really feel like this is what I’m supposed to do.” Don’t worry. You got this. God’s called you to this and He will help you.
“I’m 30 years old and have no prospects for marriage. I really want to find someone to spend my life with and have a family.” Don’t worry! The right person is out there for you, I just know it!
No matter what our “worries” may be, whenever we hear someone say ‘don’t worry’, it can often feel like they don’t care, or are perhaps just trying to gently brush us off so they don’t have to “deal with our problems”.
I’m usually the one telling people not to worry.
And I always try to approach it with a sense of genuine concern and love. But very recently, I was on the receiving end of the ‘don’t worry’, from a very dear friend. I’ll admit that it stung a little. Hearing my own words repeated to me with the same loving conviction that I have said to the same friend many times.
Can I be honest with you? My concern seemed a lot deeper, and more serious than those of others. At least in that moment…in my mind, it did. In that moment with my friend, where my raw emotions spilled out of me in an unstoppable force, I didn’t want to hear, “I’m praying for you” or “God’s got this”, or “His timing is perfect”. I (thought) I needed to hear practical ideas and help brainstorming ways to solve my problem. Then it hit me. That was my problem. Thinking that I alone had to solve the issues at hand.
Immediately, a verse that I so often reference when using the words ‘don’t worry’ to those I love, popped into my head.
**insert image with Matthew verse**
I have read and spoken this verse so often. Why did I think it didn’t apply to me?! I am no different from you, or the nursing student, or the homeless man on the corner.
This is the Word of God. Powerful. Living. Relevant.
As I opened my Bible, I re-read these words again, making it personal to me.
“Therefore I tell you, Brenna, don’t be anxious about your life. Don’t worry about what you will eat or drink, or how you will pay your bills. Don’t worry about what you will wear. Is LIFE not more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds: they don’t sow, reap or store away food…but YOUR Heavenly FATHER feeds them. Brenna, aren’t you valued more than the birds?! Can you really add any single hour to your life by worrying? … Therefore , Brenna, don’t be anxious about the things you think you need, because your Heavenly Father knows all that you need! But seek FIRST the kingdom of God and HIS righteousness, and all of these things will be added to you.
Therefore, Brenna, don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.”
Wow. So much power in those words. In the promise of God, that He will always take care of us when we seek HIM first.
I sat back and realized that was something that I had quietly pushed to the back burner. My quiet time with God. Seeking Him. The tears flowed and I repented. I truly desired to get back to that place of complete peace and fullness that only God can provide. In the midst of all the chaos that life was throwing at me, I was grasping at straws trying to figure out how to fix the problems myself, instead of giving them all to the only One who can actually handle them.
And handle them He did.
Now, please don’t misread this part.
I am not saying that God just up and gave me everything I wanted, or felt like I needed, to make my situation less stressful. He gave me so much more.
He gave me peace. Peace of mind and peace in my spirit. My circumstances didn’t change, but my outlook on them did…because I was looking UP instead of all over, and leaning on HIM, instead of trying to rely on my own works. He also gave my husband and I wisdom on how to best use the resources and gifts God has given us.
So my prayer is that the next time someone tells you ‘don’t worry”, I hope you will remember this Word from God. Make it personal to you and your circumstances. Spend time with the Lord, and trust Him completely and fully to do what He says He will do. God always provides, and takes care of His children. So, don’t you worry ’bout a thing.