Worry is one of those emotions that can often make us feel overwhelmed. It can be one of the most difficult emotions. We are facing a problem, and worrying may be our first instinct for handling the problem.
For some of us, worry can be an everyday occurrence. Like when you are exhausted from work and don’t feel like cooking. You really just want to zip through a “fast” food lane and go home. However, the electric bill is due soon, and you have been trying to stay within a budget and not spend any extra money. You have solved the food problem, but there is still that electric bill.
It could be you are facing some important life decisions, such as whether to change jobs, whether to buy a new house or car, whether to go back to college, or when to retire. Life decisions can certainly cause more than their share of worry.
There are times in our life when we are faced with some very difficult situations, and worrying can kick into overdrive. Maybe you or a loved one is facing a serious illness. Maybe you have lost part, or all, of your income. Maybe your teenager or young adult is making some choices that can lead down a dead-end path. Maybe you have some difficult decisions to make about an aging parent or spouse.
It doesn’t matter if our worries are small, or the life threatening kind that can send a cold chill down our spine. We have a Father who loves us and who wants us to trust Him with those worries.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells us just how important we are to him and why we shouldn’t become overwhelmed with worry. Matthew 6:25-27 tells us “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 life not more than food, and the body not more 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
So, in the midst of our worrying, our Heavenly Father want us to remember that He loves us and will take care of us. We can pray and leave our worries with Him. Even the small worries, and especially the super-sized worries.