Our lives can easily become overwhelmed and consumed with a lot of unnecessary thoughts. We tend to flood our minds with things that have not yet come and those we don’t have control over. We entertain abstract ideas that take us away from what is already in front of us. We dwell with what-ifs. We worry. We busy ourselves with thoughts that do not take us anywhere. It is like riding a stationary bike; it consumes our energy and makes us tired. But it doesn’t bring us any farther.
What if I do this? What if I buy that? What if I take the wrong step? What if it’s a wrong decision? What if we join them? What if I leave it behind? The list of what-ifs continues. It’s a relentless effort to decipher the unknown. God has blessed us with a big world with more than 7 billion people in a limitless universe. There are temptations which will lead to what-ifs. If we entertain those what-ifs, they will always lead to worry, then to inaction and more predicaments, thus we will think again “What if I did them differently?” The cycle is never ending.
Worry is human nature and manipulation as well. Humans tend to have negative thoughts, images and feelings in an attempt to avoid anticipated potential threat without realizing that it’s causing more trouble emotionally, spiritually and physically. When we worry enough, we experience anxiety (emotionally), which surprisingly lead to intoxication and physical illness. Worry is also a manifestation of lack of trust in the Creator of the universe. Worry is taking responsibility for things we never intended to handle. God gave us our mind and body to take over the things He planned for us to take over. The rest is for Him to work on.
I find myself guilty of worrying at times. I actually worry about this first assignment, my very first reflection for SunFA bulletin. But God gave me wisdom and I know that the prevention and cure for worry is SURRENDER. It is trusting that there’s Someone who can do something about our situation. Surrender is giving up completely and not holding anything back from God. But it doesn’t mean that we do not take responsibility for the things we are supposed to handle. It just means that we know when we stop and God begins. It’s a wonder how we get to have unimaginable peace when we surrender everything to God. It’s unbelievable yet it’s only by God’s grace that we find peace in the midst of adversaries. It’s like saying, “Lord here is your humble servant, raising the white flag and letting you take over.”
Philippians 4:6-7 says… 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, once wrote about surrender: letting go and letting God work. He said that full surrender means:
Following God's lead without knowing where He's sending you;
Waiting for God's timing without knowing when it will come;
Expecting a miracle without knowing how God will provide;
Trusting God's purpose without understanding the circumstances.
Last Sunday, Bro. Arun talked about turning worry to worship. He mentioned that we cannot worship God and worry at the same time. Instead of feeling worried and anxious, worship the Lord and give thanks and it will open our heart and mind to the abundant blessings of God.
So before you consider worrying about your life, what if you just take a moment, breathe and say this loudly “Lord, please carry on. I’m surrendering my life to you because I trust that you have better solutions even before I come across this situation.” You’ll be surprised with what God can do not just with your concerns but He will take care of you emotionally, physically and spiritually as well.
Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall. Ps 55:22
Toxins poison the body. They destroy our immune system. Worry is a form of toxin that eats up our happiness and wipes out our bright future. Why? Because worries draw out all our energies and we have nothing left except fear and anxiety. When we are overpowered by worries, we don’t reach our destination. We lose the path to happiness.