“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12:25-26
Life is filled with troubles. Our temporary sojourn on earth reveals to us the imperfection of this life. Each season of life comes with its own challenges and problems. The young adult is not spared from these obstacles. Our days become a maze of questions about finances, relationships, educational and career choices, and more. It is a time of life marked by diverging paths and changes.
I tend to worry, and I know I’m not the only one. There are so many possibilities to ponder, and countless unknowns. I expend so much energy worrying about situations, the people I love, and the world as a whole. Then the revelation hits me–oh, I can pray! If only this were my first instinct. It would have spared me a bundle of anxiety and burdens that were not mine to bear. Many of you can likely relate. Why do we forget to call upon the One who knows every detail of history, of our lives, of the world? Why do we forget to grasp for the One who is Wisdom and Love? We don’t have to figure it all out ourselves! What better way to go about our lives, then to call upon God for guidance and wisdom? The Holy Spirit will provide all that we need. Sometimes it is a new insight on how to handle a situation. It could be a still, small voice that clarifies a decision, followed by the peace that only God can give. Often, God simply provides strength to get through the present moment.
I wonder how many hours of our lives we have wasted by worry? As Jesus reminds us in the verse from Luke, worrying doesn’t tack any extra time to our life, nor does it improve a situation. It is not productive to worry. Worry magnifies our own littleness and the seeming hopelessness of a situation, instead of the greatness of God. Worry takes us away from reliance on God. It brings us to a place of reliance on ourselves and our limited abilities to fix or change a situation. When we are anxious, we forget that the Lord is working. Whatever problem you are facing, God can handle it! After all, God is God, the Almighty! You can ask Him for solutions, or the possibilities of what you can do. Praying about difficult situations reminds us that God is in control. Prayer brings us back to our center, calming and reassuring us.
From now on, I am going to work on turning my worries into prayers. I will place every worrisome situation into the hands of God, where it belongs. I am going to work to focus on the greatness of God, and that nothing is impossible with Him! Next time you begin to worry, turn onto the road of prayer. That road will lead you to life and peace. It will lead you to trust in God and a closer relationship with Him.
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6