A few nights ago I was talking with one of my daughters who was worried about going to the dentist the following afternoon. She was afraid she might have a cavity, which could lead to having a tooth pulled. I explained that what she was fearing might not even happen. I reminded her of Philippians 4:6, which says, “Be careful [full of care] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
How ironic it was, then, that the very next day I found myself worked up about some decisions we’ll need to make in the coming weeks and months. I was stressing about possible scenarios and outcomes that might play out in those situations.
Then it hit me – how dare I counsel my daughter about her worries and then become mired in my own?! Just as with her circumstance, some of the things I was worrying about may not even take place.
I was convicted; the answer to my worry is prayer, making my concerns known to God and then leaving them with Him.
This was not a one-time conversation for her or for me. I know that both of us will be tempted to worry again, but with God’s help, we can remember to take every care to Him. As I Peter 5:7 reminds us, we can cast all our cares upon Him, because He cares for us.
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” ~Corrie Ten Boom