I told my oldest child that I needed a good quote that would inspire me to write. “Hakuna Matata” immediately came flying from her mouth. Yes, you did read that right. We have none of the Lion King movies, but this phrase has stuck with her and so I am now inspired to write about No Worries. (You can view the link to the all amazing song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB5ceAruYrI
Matthew 6:27 asks, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” The answer? Well, none, of course. Not a single person on the face of this earth can add time to our life because we worry about life. I know this life can be a strand of unfortunate events that bring worry about. Who do you think is behind all that? It is a master plan, you know.
If we go back just two verses to Matthew 6:25 we see some very clear instructions, “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 not life more important than food, and the body more important 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?”
Those are some powerful words there. Read them again if you need to, but it is clear. God provides for all our needs, but us worrying about when they will be provided for is not part of the process. Faith and trust that in His perfect timing He will come through. His plan is greater than ours.
Have you ever had a moment where you sat and worried about some life event or what was coming? You were not designed for this worry. You were meant for much more than this. God made you to trust and love and have faith that in every season and reason He will be there to take that worry away.
I am a worrier. I do not like this fact about myself, but I worry. Mostly I worry about my kids, but there are many times that I worry about life. Most recently, my husband and I made the decision to uproot once again and move to a place we have never been, didn’t know anyone, had no jobs, didn’t have a house lined up to live in, and the list goes on. Honestly, the deck was stacked against us, but we both felt that it was what God was asking us to do. We knew it would be hard.
The minute we made this decision I began to worry about all the things that would need to happen and the money it would take to make this all go smooth. Well, none of it went smooth and that was God’s plan. I had gotten so comfortable in the life I was living that I forgot to completely trust in the God who loves me more than breathe. I trusted in the money that my husband made. I trusted that I could write and speak and help women. I trusted that I could make things happen and take care of all the different situations that came my way. I lost sight of the fact that God wants to take care of me and my family and my world. He shook it up for us and reminded me that no amount of worry in any of these situations was going to do any good.
So, what did I do? I let go of the things that I could not control and gave every single situation to God. I can’t control how much or when a paycheck rolls in. I can’t control my kids getting hurt feelings or hurt knees. I can control whom I put my trust in and stop worrying about what is or is to come. This process is so not easy, but it is what God has meant for me and for you.
Lord, I need your loving arms wrapped around me. I can’t do this life on my own. I need you. I want you. Lord, take this life and make it yours. Use me to be your hands and feet to the world and not to worry so much about my little bubble of life. I give this life to you and desire to serve you in all I do. Amen.