Yep, I do that. In fact, if I’m not worrying about something, I’ll probably worry that I’m forgetting something. Because there’s always something to worry about. I am the queen of ‘what if’ and ‘it might.’
For the record, I’m doing much better. I think that Nate has played a huge role in that, because the guy doesn’t worry.
When we were just married and I thought I was pregnant (false alarm), I was all concerned about how cramped our living space was and about finances. He had the kid’s college picked out. When we were in our first apartment and the carbon dioxide detector went off, I was in a panic and wanted to call the fire department. He just rolled over and told me to take the batteries out. When we had the first cookout, I was afraid we wouldn’t have enough food. He shrugged and said there’d be plenty of chips and soda if everything else was gone.
He doesn’t just see the cup half full. He sees the situation and realizes that if the unexpected happens, it happened and it’s time to make the most of a situation we can’t fix. Worrying will do nothing except give you a headache, keep you up at night, and use needless energy.
That’s my husband. Calm. Cool. Easy-going and always collected.
Then there’s me….
(Enter image of young woman pulling out hair).
But like I said, I’m getting better!
It’s just so easy to get caught up in the worries and cares of life. But I’ve been realizing lately that when I worry, I’m telling God that He can’t handle the situation. And He can handle the situation. He can handle any situation.
So I bought a journal on my way home from work. And in it, I wrote down my worries and all the things I would love to see resolved… taken away… answered. I left a space next to each. Because when I pray over these things every day, I will give them to God and let Him take care of it. I won’t have to worry about it anymore.
When my prayers get answered, I’ll jot down the date. The answer. And I’ll be able to look back and realize that He had everything under control all along. Maybe things won’t always turn out the way I wanted or planned, but He’ll always be with me every step of the way. He’ll always get me through.
Do you struggle with worry?