Worry or Peace?

So don’t worry about tomorrow,

for tomorrow will bring its own worries.

Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Matthew 6:34

I had a dream last night that woke me from my sleep. Not because it was scary but because by the end of the dream I realized how futile the efforts I made in the dream actually were. I dreamed about a small stack of paperwork I needed to take care of at work and try as I might I couldn’t figure out how. Attempt after attempt failed and my level of worrying was intensifying.

I would wake up and then as soon as I drifted off to sleep, there I was, at the office facing a stack of papers I couldn’t handle. I was concerned I would get so behind in my work that I would be in trouble with my boss. But still the stack remained. Then a breakthrough happened!

I remembered that we no longer fill out these papers as everything on them was now being entered into the computer database and we hadn’t been expected to keep these papers, much less fill them out. They were trash!

I woke up incredibly relieved and then I realized how many times I have given myself over to worrying about things that either I can’t do anything about or I don’t need to do anything about. Granted, most of the things I have worried about are larger, much larger than a stack of paperwork. But still, if it’s not my job to fix it or not something I can fix, then should I give up peace and time and energy to worry about it?

This verse reads like I only have today to worry about, that tomorrow has its own worries. But that still leaves me enough to worry about if I chose to worry. Preceding this verse however is this one:

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Matthew 6:26-27

My conclusion is just this: worrying about today or tomorrow is useless to me and perhaps insulting to my heavenly Father. Worrying does not honor God in any way. If I believe He loves me and He cares for me and He is powerful enough to part seas and stop storms, then can’t He deal with the issues I worry about so that I can rest in peace?

I would love to hear from you. I pray God blesses you with peaceful sleep and worry free days!

You have never failed me Father, I have been so amazed over the years at your graciousness extended to me and to family members. Forgive me for the times (and the countless sleepless nights) that I have allowed worry to rob me of the peace You offer. You know the concerns I have now and I thank You in advance that in Your capable hands, they will be resolved. I give You the glory, amen.

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