When I was single, I used to be a happy-go-lucky person. There were very few things that stressed me out. And then I got married, and had children, and that’s when I developed a new habit… the habit of worrying.
From my first pregnancy to the last, it was the same. I had fearful thoughts that something wrong might happen to my baby. I would often wake up at night to check if my baby was still breathing. (Did you ever do this too?) I would keep reading from different resources and would end up more paranoid. Now that my kids are older, nothing has changed. When they get sick, when they’re out late, when they take a cab, when they attend a party… all the worst possibilities race through my mind and I wouldn’t be able to relax until I’m assured that they are safe and ok.
I know I don’t have any reason to worry.
Psalm 91:4 says, “He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.”
Deuteronomy 31: 6 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you. He will never leave your nor forsake you.”
2 Thessalonians 3:3 says, “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”
These are only a few of the hundreds of verses that God has given me to assure and reassure me that He will take care of my children.
So why do I still worry when I really don’t have any reason to?
IT’S BECAUSE I HAVE TAKEN GOD OUT OF THE PICTURE. I HAVE FORGOTTEN WHO’S IN CHARGE.
I worry because I have magnified my fears instead of God. I worry because I have allowed my anxious thoughts to overcome me instead of God’s peace. I worry because I choose to believe in my fears than in God’s power. I worry not because God’s promises are unreliable, but because I choose to lean on my own understanding instead of trusting in Him with all of my heart. I worry because I forget that God loves my children more than I can ever love them and He always has their best interest in His mind.
Sometimes I worry about little things. Sometimes I worry about big things. To be honest, none of the things I have worried about has ever happened. You know why? Because God has been faithful all these years and He will continue to be. Our worries are nothing compared to God’s great plans for our children.
They say positive self-talk or exercise or eating your favorite food will remove worry. None of those have worked for me. But what has always worked is knowing that there is Someone more powerful than any situation and more loving than any human being who is always in control.
So the next time worry tries to set in, remember who’s in charge.