Worry Never Ends

Endless

You learn a lot when a baby enters your life (note: understatement of the century). I’ve learned that babies are cute, no matter how bad they stink. I’ve learned that “there’s always more where that came from”, if you know what I mean. I’ve learned that a baby can cause a mostly mature, grown man to dance around like a deranged clown in an effort to get his baby to laugh. I’ve learned that diapers cost more than gold…and oil. Babies are boat loads of fun.

I’ve also learned that babies give you lots of things to worry about. Sickness, safety, vaccinations. Household hazards and sleeping conditions. Spiritual health. The list never ends. There’s always something else to be worrying about. Charis isn’t crawling yet, and sometimes I worry that she’s not developing fast enough. But I know that as soon as she starts crawling, I’ll begin worrying that she isn’t walking yet. Worry is a sinful, endless, gut-twisting cycle.

And were not just talking about babies here. We’re talking about all of life. There’s always something else to worry about. Will I be laid off? Will I be able to provide for my family? Will my parents be in good health? Will my children follow the Lord? Worry doesn’t take days off. It’s relentless and ruthless.

Changing the circumstances doesn’t solve the problem either. When one worry vanishes, another quickly fills the void. Changing circumstances is a only symptomatic cure for a much deeper problem. Worry is rooted in a faulty view of God. When I’m worrying, I’m failing to see God’s good and sovereign care. In Matthew 6:25-26, 34, Jesus said:

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?…Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

God cares about birds. Think about that for a second. Ravens are semi-ugly, annoying birds (sorry if you like ravens), yet God cares about them. He feeds them, clothes them, sustains them. Not a single one dies without him knowing about it. Now, if God cares for ravens, won’t he care for me? I’m his child. He crushed his precious son to make me his precious son. He bought me with blood. In light of all this, won’t he take care of me each day? This is what I’m learning to rest in. Each day is going to have some degree of trouble. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that God will be there, caring for me.

What are you worried about today? What does this reveal about your view of God?

  • BethAnn

    Good Morning!
    Worry..that’s a big one for me. Confession: I secretly took pride in the fact that I wasn’t a worrier. A doctor once said to me regarding my low blood pressure, “One thing’s for sure, you’ll never die from too much stress or worrying”. What he didn’t know about my heart, God revealed to me. I worry about a lot of things and I justify a lot of it by saying to myself that “I’m single and so if I don’t ‘take care’ of this, who will? (finances, my car, etc). The bigger sin issue for me is pride, I believe my worrying comes from pride..the fact that I think I can make my life somehow better if I worry (think, plan, etc…) about these things. I know there is a fine line between wise planning (time to get my oil changed again??) and worrying, but my heart is deceptive and I can so easily slip into the “I’m just thinking about this” mode when in fact I am really worrying…sin, pride, foolishness. I am thankful, so thankful, that God chose to reveal this to me about myself, and by His never-ending grace I am beginning the process of letting go and trusting God in these many areas. It is always good to trust God, and He has proven Himself faithful and trustworthy time and time again in my life. Being single is allowing me to learn to trust my heavenly Father in everything, in the big and little issues of life. I love how He draws me to Him, He is ever so mindful of my character, weaknesses and needs. Praise His Holy Name, thank you Father!

  • http://quillandnail.wordpress.com B. Minich

    This is a good reminder for me – there are many things for me to worry about, but God is good and will take care of me.

    One variety of raven I find particularly annoying are the ones from Baltimore. Although God cares for them too.

  • Rachel

    What a timely post. I am experiencing a tremendous struggle with worry and anxiety. I have always been prone to worry, to the point that I battle a condition I developed called hyperventilation syndrome. Kind of an embarassing admission actually. I know that most, if not all, of my struggle with worry and fear comes from guilt. I was raised in a Christian home, but strayed from the Lord in my 20s and lived a very sinful life for a decade or so. The Lord never let me have peace apart from Him and He faithfully and lovingly brought me back to Himself and the only path my life was meant to be on. But I can’t seem to let go of the guilt that I knew His truth and yet walked away from it. There is a passage in Hebrews (among others) that frightens me, and I am sure that someday I am going to “pay” and experience the consequences I am due. I am also waiting for calamity to strike. I was married a couple years ago (in my late thirties), and my husband and I desperately wanted a child and felt some urgency with biological clocks and all. It didn’t seem to be happening, but now we are unexpectedly expecting! I feel like I don’t deserve this and so maybe something terrible is going to happen when I have the baby, or the baby is going to have serious health problems or disabilities, etc. Or something is going to happen to my wonderful, loving, Godly husband and the baby and I will be alone. This burden is robbing me of the joy and peace that is mine in Christ. And as another post I read here says, “worriers live in the future.” Which to me means I am also debilitated in the call to serve my God and live out my present day for His glory. I want freedom from this and I know it hinges on a better of understanding of salvation and who He is. I want to read this book Running Scared and am hopeful it gives me some insight and is an instrument of change in my life. Because I cannot keep living like this.

  • http://adventinfaith.blogspot.com megan

    I’m worrying about getting everything packed in time for our move, now only 19 days away.
    I’m also worried about how God will provide if we cant rent out our house for the next 10 months. Worrying about these things is saying that I don’t trust that God is God and he can take care of it.

    wow… that sounds worse out loud! Need to pray now :-)

    btw, our little girl never crawled. She just went straight to walking around 11 months. Maybe that’s what Charis will do.

  • http://fancyfarm.blogspot.com Courtney

    I worry about anything and everything. I think it is partly a learned trait. My mother is an awful anxious worrier. So I worry that I’ll pass the terrible sinful habit onto my kids and cycle will never end.

    When I take ten steps back and look at the things I worry about I just feel stupid because they really are either minuscule in the grand scheme of things or completely out of my control.

    Now this is really dumb and I’m embarrassed to say it, but while I was typing, the Veggie Tales song God is Bigger than the Boogie-man popped into my head. Silly song, but oh so true. God is so much bigger than any real or imagined catastrophe I can worry about.

    I’d much rather have the One who can see the whole picture steering the course than me with my finite mind and sinful tendencies. As with any aspect of striving for holiness, though, it’s oftentimes easier said than done.

  • http://godmyexceedingjoy.blogspot.com Violet

    Here is Elisabeth Elliot’s quote for today on my flip calendar: “When you look over what it was you worried about this time last week, did it happen? Was it worth the worry? If it was – if the worst thing that you could imagine actually did happen – where did the worry get you?”

  • Stephen Altrogge

    BethAnn – It’s so true that pride and worry are connected. Many times my worries are a symptom of my pride.

    Brando – God opposes the Baltimore Ravens…

    Rachel – Thanks for being so humble to share that!

    Megan – It’s funny, the day after I wrote this Charis started slightly crawling. God has a way of teaching me to trust him!

    Courtney – Doesn’t it seem like Veggie Tales just has a certain way of putting it that gets it stuck in your head!

    Violet – Great quote. Thanks for sharing that.

  • MarkDS

    I am constantly worried. I always feel that if I didn't worry, then I'd never entrust it to God and what I worry about _could_ happen. Your question at the end of the post about what my worry reveals about my view of God is thought provoking – my view is that I trust God with these things that I fear and want to and make an effort to put them in His care. The question for me becomes, should I just entrust the things that I am worried about into God's care but not worry about them?

    Its a kind of chicken and egg thing to me.