Sunday, June 29, 2014
Of Course, I *Could* Worry ...
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us" ... Romans 8:37
Soon after Tom's departure from South Africa the last time, the town he'd stayed in was flooded (I saw pictures). Then just three weeks ago, a fire destroyed the kitchen and dining areas of the motel where Tom and his co-workers had stayed.
So this time he's rooming with a partner in a house which basically just has beds and a kitchen table and no place to hang a bath towel or to work at a computer, all of which doesn't help his concern about the advance courses he must teach this time (the rolling 6-hour black-outs aren't great, either). Then on Friday a young coworker rolled his car three times after he'd gone out drinking and though he wasn't hurt, a couple of his local friends were.
And of course, Naomi's over in Germany and Switzerland with her band and her boyfriend who we do not know and that's awfully far away and I'm not a fan of plane travel in Today's world and they're traveling much by car and isn't the Autobahn somewhere around there? And --
So yes, I could worry.
But a few years ago I realized that worrying makes my head and my whole body, tired. And now, at 55, it seems I either have energy to worry or to be happy--but certainly not both. I used to have that kind of energy, you know, to be mostly-happy and worried at the same time, but now this aging lady can't pull that off anymore.
I must choose one or the other. My brain shorts-out when it tries to do both.
People say, "If you have kids, you worry about them. You can't help it." But where is that Bible verse?
Where is any Bible verse which says it's just dandy with God if we worry about anything? True, He understands our weaknesses, but He also understands that He gave us His strong Holy Spirit so that we can become even more than your garden variety conquerors.
More than a conqueror--that's what I want to be. A warrior, not a worrier.
And at my age and on these hot, humid summer days, I can only aim at one of those. I might as well aim for the good one.
"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." ... Proverbs 12:25
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." ... Philippians 4:6,7
You'll find more verses about worry here.
My buddy, Anne, shared bits of her friend's very pretty yard here. Loved the dreaminess of it all!
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Worry is a misuse of imagination. ~Dan Zadra
Drag your thoughts away from your troubles... by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. ~Mark Twain