I recently had a “discussion” with my husband about worry. It was the difference between worry and concern. I told him I was very concerned about something, and he told me to stop worrying. I then very sweetly (ahem) mentioned to him that worry and concern were 2 different things. I could legitimately be concerned about something without actually worrying, and I again, very sweetly, pointed out to him that the Bible says, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, present your requests to God, and the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Don’t you just love it when you have a Scripture like that memorized so you can pull it out at just the right time? Well, I’m pretty sure I don’t have this totally figured out or under control, but I do know that worry is usually an exercise in futility. To worry means to not trust God. For me it means looking for anything and everything to make it better and sometimes that’s a control issue. Yes, I’m concerned about my grandchildren and their future, but I can’t really do anything about it except for pray. I can be concerned about them without worrying and fretting about every little thing. I know that God is sovereign, and He is ultimately in control, but if I can do something to make life better for my babies, believe me, I’m all over it. But I’ve also lived long enough to have witnessed God’s love for my people…my little tribe of loved ones, my husband, my children and their husbands, my grand babies, my friends…and there’s nothing good that can be accomplished by worrying about them.
God’s word tells us that He cares about the birds of the air, and then reminds us of how much more valuable we are than they? God already knows our problems, our challenges. He tells us to simply to seek Him first, and He will take care of the rest. Those are powerful truths to live by and will help us remember to cast our cares on Him and not worry… as much!