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Sunday, February 12, 2012

I'M WORRIED....

Wow WORRY, what a funny word it is.  It seems no matter how much we try, we feel we can’t help but worry about the slightest little thing.  All the “what-ifs” we are inundated with, fueled by our fears.

It seems whenever I listen to wise people, namely Pastor Bill, the most popular worry story I hear about is the one where the disciples were on a boat with Jesus (Matthew 8:23-24).  For those of you who don’t feel like pulling out their bibles (*hand raised*), it is the one where Jesus was sleeping in the cheapie little boat in the middle of rough seas with his disciples who were beginning to worry about the storm that was a-comin’!  Hey, I am a  non-swimmer admittedly, I know what that must’ve felt. No, as a matter of fact, you wouldn’t even catch me in the middle of rough seas in a little boat, oh no.   According to PBill, like the disciples, we all experience the levels of realities when worry and fear well within us.  First, with unexpected problems, the unknown.  That’s a biggie!  What if ____ happens? And then when it hits us, the overwhelming circumstances that come into our lives, we’re not prepared for situations, who wants to sit and mull about them anyway?  Then when it happens, we oftentimes are afraid to ask for help.  It only makes sense that the sooner we ask for help, the less worried we will be, correct?  But oftentimes at this level, we feel alone. 

However, here’s the biggest lesson I learned today.  Questioning your fears.  Why are you so afraid?  Worry doesn’t fix anything because worry doesn’t work for you, it works ON you.  I am the first to admit I am a worry-wart.  No matter how much I try not to worry, knowing my kids are out there in the cruel rough world is a total nail-biter.  Perhaps one day I’d get over it, maybe not completely, but at least enough to relax.  I’m a work in progress, people! 

Funny, in Genesis, when Adam hid after eating of the apple, God was calling out to him, Adam, where are you?  Did God know where he was? Duh, yeah!  But why did God call out to him?  Because he wanted Adam to face the reality of what he had done.  Why does God question us even though he knows everything about us, past, present or future?  It’s because he wants us to discover our own answers.   Jesus knows our worries always grow out of our fears.  If there is constant anxiety in our lives… we fear.  God inside of us is that hope of glory.  Are you going to constantly run away from your fears or live by faith?  This is the homework PB gave us to think about.  When you have a fear that is creating anxiety in your life, face it.  Write it down.  Look at it in black and white,  then after that sentence, add the phrase, “but Jesus said..,”  Instead of wallowing in your fears, increase your faith in the middle of that storm.  Turn your heart towards the solution instead of your fears.  There is no situation in our lives that God has no CONTROL over!  You can’t fix the problem, yes, that’s true, but take your focus out of that and look at Jesus in the boat with you. 

In Matthew , it says, “So don’t be anxious about tomorrow.  God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.”  “Give your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.” 1 Peter 5:7… Look it up, I didn’t make that up…Just sayin… :)



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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

God tells us not to worry because even the lillies of the field are clothed. So if we worry aren't we buying into Satans plan for us to doubt God? I try every day to simply "give it to God" and let Him work out his will.

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