Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
- 1 Peter 5:6-7
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
He humbles those who dwell on high,
he lays the lofty city low;
he levels it to the ground
and casts it down to the dust.
Feet trample it down—
the feet of the oppressed,
the footsteps of the poor.
- Isaiah 26:3-6
“Worry … makes you forget who’s in charge.
“And when the focus is on yourself … you worry. You become anxious about many things. You worry that:
“Your co-workers won’t appreciate you.
“Your leaders will overwork you.
“Your superintendent won’t understand you.
“Your congregation won’t support you.
“In time your agenda becomes more important that God’s. You’re more concerned with presenting self than pleasing God. And you may even find yourself doubting God’s judgment.
“God has gifted you with talents. He has done the same to your neighbor. If you concern yourself with your neighbor’s talents, you will neglect yours. But if you concern yourself with yours, you could inspire both.”
- Max Lucado, He Still Moves Stones
Max Lucado’s first sentence in the quote seems to say it all. We forget who’s in charge. This really isn’t a chicken and egg thing. We worry, because we put ourselves in charge, or at least, we forget that God is in charge.
My wife has often looked at me with frustration and said, “You don’t even care.” I do care, but I choose to not worry, because God is in control. Will we save enough money for our next grand adventure? Maybe, but will our health hold out to take that next adventure? Maybe, but will our car survive the next adventure, or should we rent a car? Maybe and maybe. Is the next adventure necessary?
Do my wife and I have it all together? Not really. She has impending surgery soon, no schedule until after November 8. She was complimented yesterday at church for having a smile on her face and telling jokes with the church staff and promising to pray for others. She was told that she was a rock star of presenting an image of God’s love and faith in God, in the face of up-coming surgery. But they don’t see the medical issues, with both of us, that seem to become worse when the stress level is higher. We are like the ducks in stream. Above the surface, you see nothing moving; beneath the surface, the legs are churning like crazy. Consider how your body reacts in high stress, and either she or I have that symptom. We each have a few. We try to not show it. So, is subconscious worrying really worry?
I am going to write another Deviled Yeggs story involving the pastor who wrings his hands, Rev. Oswald Tozer. Wringing one’s hands is an expression for worrying or concern, but the dear pastor in the story is only concerned for his flock. He does not worry for he knows God is in charge.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.