Is Worry Your Only Friend?

You’ve probably heard the song Trouble by Ray LaMontagne, a popular song choice on American Idol. It’s also been in this Travelers’ Insurance commerical. Watch the commercial before reading on.

The poor dog can’t find a safe place to hide his bone. My new nephew-dog Tucker knows how he feels. Every time Tucker hides his bone, my four year old neice takes the bone out of it’s hiding spot. It’s a fun game to her… but I’m not sure Tucker feels the same way.

Do you ever feel like there’s no safe place to leave your prized possession? Or no safe place to leave your concerns about your family, your job, what people think of you? Do you feel like your trouble has been “dogging your soul since the day you were born” or like “worry won’t leave your mind alone“? Has it gotten to the point where “worry feels like you’re only friend“? Maybe you think worry is just part of your nature, it’s who you are, it’s what people expect of you. If you didn’t worry, who would?

I think intertwined with worry is control, maybe a fear of losing control. I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly in control of my life. Everything works out exactly how I’ve planned… yeah right! The truth is I’m not in control and, hate to break it to you, but you’re not in control either. Sure there are some things we can control, like our attitudes and actions. But what happens in our lives is, for the most part, not in our ability to control even if we wanted to.

People worry about their jobs – what if I lose my job, then how will I provide for my family? People worry about their families – what if my kids get sick? what if my husbdand dies suddenly? what if my kids get bullied? what if my kid is the bully? People can worry about anything and everything, from what seems like a big issue to what seems like nothing at all. It’s a slippery slope, once you start to worry, and before you know it fear controls your life.

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?… But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-34

It’s not our job to worry. It’s our job to realize God has everything under control. Next time you’re tempted to worry about work or family or if you’ll find a parking spot at the mall, pray. Turn your worry and your fear into faith by choosing to believe God and trust Him.

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