It’s Sunday evening, the usual time to put together all my daughter needs for School the next day. I brought out her lunch bag and started relating to my wife about details of my routine checks with teachers on how our toddler is doing in school. Happily she said ‘by this time next week she will be three’. Suddenly, I froze and turned towards the birthday girl who by this time was sitting enjoying her show on TV. Worry took over in 10 seconds. Wow! She is getting older! Soon the teenage needs and demands will be here in no time, followed by high school, then college. My younger twin girls will be one by next week too. I have three of them! Oh my God! That’s a lot of work! And so the voice went on drumming to my ears everything I need to worry about until I yelled at myself, hey! Wait a minute! I had an awesome time at church today. Praise and worship was awesome. The message was about how God’s got our back as Christians. I left church matching to the beat from drums of comfort provided by God through a guest from St Louis, Missouri. How then am I now matching to a different drummer called worry?!! The truth is I was worried because I don’t know what I don’t know.
It’s difficult as humans not to be worried about the bad situations around us and challenges in our personal lives, but if we’re not careful, worry can become a habit and then an addiction. It can even affect our belief and growth in faith.
Driving in a Wrong Direction
I retraced the trajectories that formed my faith system and realized that, I still worry about all the things I was worried about since I became a Christian. It became clear to me that I have lived with a disparaging misconception about worry. I always thought that knowing God, reading the Bible, and praying would stop the things I worried about. I had been driving the wrong direction.
If you worry, you won’t trust; if you trust, you won’t worry.
What Should Change
The things you worry about do not disappear or change when you become a Christian. Your utility bills, children’s school fees, college funds savings, loan repayments, mortgage, rent, grocery shopping and other necessary spending do not, in most cases ‘miraculously’ change. No. What should change is your reaction to the rhythms from the drums of worry the devil plays about you losing your source to meeting these needs, not making it through that sickness or school, not getting that job, not getting married, dying from a disease or diagnosis and your imperfection as a believer of Jesus Christ.
Faith and fear will always beat their drums, loudly and confidently to your spiritual auditory capabilities. The choice of which beat you will march to really become yours to decide.
We, believers due to our past experiences and encounters in life, grow in our faith and trust in God in different strides. However, one thing we all have in common is the significant voyages of moving from fear of the unknown to faith in the newly known God in our quest to win the war over worry. Dealing with our fears starts from trusting Him and allowing Him walk us through life as we develop audacious faith. He wants us to trust and rely wholly on Him. His word in Matthew 6:25 to 27 say:
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry 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? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
Joyce Meyer explains it like this: “Worry is like a rocking chair—it’s always in motion but it never gets you anywhere. So why do we struggle with it? And what good does it do? Worry is the opposite of faith, and it steals our peace, physically wears us out, and can even make us sick. When we worry, we torment ourselves—we’re doing the devil’s job for him! “
God wants to help us overcome, in all areas of our lives, things that seem to be overwhelming us. Whatever you put under His control will never go out of control. Come walk with Him.