“Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself,” Matthew. 6:34.
How often do we think worry will solve our problems? It seems that if we spend our time consumed with worrying about something, a new idea or solution will come to our minds. And yet, does it? Has worrying about something ever brought a new insight or a new and better way of seeing the situation to your mind? Likely, it has only led to more worry, frustration and fear. And yet, we all know this is exactly what Jesus told us not to do; when we’re afraid, He wants us to lean on Him for peace (John. 14:27).
We all worry — it seems it’s a human reaction to something that bothers us, but unfortunately, this worry can lead to what we call “ruminating thoughts,” or thoughts that circulate in our brains and can find no resolution but only make us more wound up, less peaceful and much more anxious. And when we are anxious and wound up, we know we are not at our best. We are reactive, we are less forgiving, and we don’t trust. We become more protective of ourselves and more isolated, as if doing so will keep us safe. If we think about this logically, does such behavior ever lead to a feeling of safety, or does it only lead to more anxiety and worry?
If you feel worried today, turn to God. Give Him your problems and concerns, asking Him to help you stay calm and give you a solution to the situation you face. Ask Him to enlighten your mind and to send you someone who has an answer to the problem you need to solve. If we do this in full trust that He can and will help us, we will only need to stand back and allow Him to be Himself. Don’t worry, just trust.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third Street South and can be reached at [email protected] or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.