Worry gives a small thing a big shadow.” – Proverb
“Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday.” -Anonymous
These two quotations illustrate the uselessness of worrying. Despite this being a pointless action (or more appropriately, inaction), many still can’t stop worrying. At times, many of us find ourselves anxious about many things when most of the time, we really have no reason to worry in the first place. I have to admit that I also worry about many things. I, too, am guilty of worrying about the simple things sometimes. Important or petty, significant or not, almost anything is a potential source of anxiety for the worrier.
Problems like monetary difficulties, illnesses, and even the uncertainty the future brings constantly occupy the thoughts and drain the energy of people. Poverty in our country has not only caused worry among the poor but has driven some to desperation. Even an ordinary activity like traveling provides many opportunities for worrying, especially if one is unable to leave early. “Will I make it on time for my class?” “My supervisor will surely get mad if I arrive late for work.” “Why is my lane not moving? I’ve been stuck here forever!
Perhaps, it is entrenched in human nature to worry. This is probably a result of man’s limited means and the inability to control the circumstances, more so the future. Worrying, as with all things, is detrimental when in excess. There are people who become powerless due to worry and anxiety. Simple problems turn into huge crises because of too much worrying. Even non-problems are transformed to difficulties by worriers thus making their lives seemingly unbearable.
Being an exercise in futility is only one of the reasons to stop worrying. Christians, in particular, should have more reason to quit this habit. After accepting Christ as a personal Savior, the difficult things in this life should now be bearable. It has often been stressed a number of times in the messages that because our Father had already given us His only Son, we should no longer worry if He is capable of doing the things we ask of Him. No situation is too dire, no task is too difficult because He has already committed the greatest act known to man – He gave His Son, whom He dearly loves, as payment for our sins.
Another proof that God will provide for us is found in our surroundings, in nature itself.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.Is not life more important than food, and the body more important 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” – Matthew 6:25-27 (NIV)
There are some people in our lives that we count on. When they give us their word, we no longer worry. Like when your employer promises to pay your salary every month. How many of us worry if we will really receive our salary? Most of us just continuously work unmindful of dangers like bankruptcy and consider the salary as a given. If we are able to give these people our complete trust and not worry anymore, how much more when it is God we depend on?
Simply put, here are two perspectives to help us put our worries away: First, we should stop worrying about our needs because all other things we could possibly need pale in comparison to what God has already given us. Second, the little creatures are taken care of and provided for by our Father, how much more to His children, who are far more important to Him?
Aside from the different things we need, what the future holds for us also brings worry or discomfort. There are questions we have to deal with like: “What will I become in the future? Will my plans happen? Will I achieve the things I have dreamed of doing?” Aside from the things we need, we should also entrust to God the future. We are able to trust other people with things that affect the future like teachers for education; we should then be able to trust God who created all things.
There is a song I remember that explores the struggle in dealing with future. In the song, the singer likens himself to a piece of steel being shaped by a hammer. The future is quite uncertain from the singer’s point of view. He doesn’t know what he is going to be; he wonders at what his final shape and form will be. During this process, he undergoes the flame and the pain. In the end, there is peace and comfort in the knowledge that the hammer holds his dreams and though the task before him may seem unclear, his Maker holds it.
I acknowledge the fact that I am still a work in progress. But with God continuously shaping me, I have no worries about that.