Bridge Over Troubled Water
I was talking to my mother last night, and the topic of worry came up. After some discussion as to some things that were bothering me, she asked ‘Where does it get you, really? And what does it accomplish?’ I had no answer.
I know prayer is the main key when you’re feeling overwhelmed, but I confess it doesn’t always quell the worry inside me. Of course all a person has to do when they feel the weight of the world on their shoulders is look around – for there’s always someone very near who has it a lot worse. It’s not that it makes you feel better – just lets you know that you’re not alone, and that perhaps what you have going on pales in comparison to theirs.
Worry can come from a variety of things. Too many bills, not enough money. A sick relative. Being unemployed. Health problems of your own. Drug or alcohol addiction of yourself or a loved one. Being bullied at school. Being bullied at work. A variety of these or other things can be a constant source of a knotting stomach and intense worry, as well as a variety of other emotions.
A long time ago, when I was just a kid, I found this religious tract somewhere that stated something along the lines of “Why Worry?? Don’t be a smudgepot!!” What was the meaning of this? I have no earthly idea other than saying not to worry, that we should let God handle things in His way. I remember my Mother and Grandmother seemed so impressed that I’d hit on such an integral subject at what appeared to be a much-needed time. I often think about that tract, and wish that I had it now so that I may fully absorb it’s contents. Something tells me the value within it’s pages was priceless.
There is always something to worry about. I can find it, even if I have to really think. Once I find it, all I can think about is how to quit worrying about it. This turns me back to my faith in God. I pray and ask God to fix it. I know that He is faithful, so I put aside that issue and look for another. I think the good thing is that all my issues eventually get bathed in prayer. Blessings to you, Bonnie…
March 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm
Yes there is, that’s for sure. I guess there always will be, and with the times we’re in, it seems there’s more every day. I admit sometimes I fall into that hole when worry takes a firm grip… but I know the solution. I suppose it’s like Noel said, it takes practice. Thanks so much for your wise words, Carol Ann. Blessings to you…
March 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm
Bonnie, I heard people say that when we worry, we are calling God a liar, because we already know that God is in control, but then we take the control back from Him. I like to remind myself that God sees everything, even the future, so I try to rest on this assurance. It is not easy, but it takes practice. God bless.
March 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm
It makes perfect sense and I know you’re right on that, Noel. Most of the time I do okay – most of the time. Guess it’s that other percent that needs working on. Thanks for stopping in, and for the clear reminders. I need those. Blessings to you…
March 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm