Before I decided to say yes to God, I used to spend the days basking in worries and defeat. I had what many will call "crippling anxiety" and would spend hours entangled in a giant web of my thoughts. No matter how much the people around me told me not to worry, that almost ignited my desire to worry more. I truly felt that me not worrying about something was a huge problem. It was such a large part of my life that I didn't know how I would function without it.
The closer I drew to God however, I began to notice something about worry. Opening the door to worry, created a pathway into this instantaneous portal of darkness. It took me from the fullness of the present into a place saturated with despair, regret and forgetfulness. No matter what, I couldn't escape it's grip. Just pure bondage choking the life out of me.
Then one day, I decided to try something new. Instead of worrying, I'd replace it with faith. I lived most of my life this way, so why not try something new for once? God never designed us to worry, and instead gave us a Redeemer that not only redeems us from sin, but also from the dark portal of endless worries.
Basically, you can either choose to worry or give it over to God.
“Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thoughts. They are darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them and because of the hardness of their hearts.”
Ephesians 4:17-18 CSB
“Can any of you add one moment to his life span by worrying?”
Matthew 6:27 CSB
Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
What situation in your life is currently keeping you bound to an endless cycle of worry? Are you willing to try something new for once and just give it to God?