Wow! It’s no wonder that worry makes us ugly and unable to function!
My Personal Worry Experience: A couple of days ago I was worried, really worried, about my son. When I realized that I was worrying, and that my next blog was to be on the subject of worry, I took mental notes. I know that I can share a bunch of blah, blah, blah…but I wanted to share what’s real in a real-life worry struggle.
When Worry Knocks, Don’t Answer The Door. The first thing I realized is that if I am thinking about the thing that worries me, then I WILL worry! So unless I am actively praying, or unless I am consciously working on a solution, I should not allow the worry item to occupy real estate in my mind. So every time it did, I physically shook my head to remind myself to shake away that thought and think about something else. Doing an interesting activity, especially with my hands, works for me.
Never, Ever Try to Figure Things Out in Bed! Then there is bedtime, when as Elisabeth Elliot used to say, “molehills become mountains.” So I went to bed and I went to sleep, but at 2:30 a.m. I woke up and without skipping a beat, began to worry about this thing. I felt my relaxed body electrify, the “strangler” was after me, and there was NO GOOD THING that came from allowing the worry to circle around in my mind like a hamster on a wheel. I can’t figure out anything in bed in the middle of the night!
An old-time poet, William Blake, said this:
Think in the morning; act in the noon; eat in the evening; sleep in the night.
Very good advice, except maybe the heavy eating should be earlier in the day, but the point is: Don’t do your “think time” at night when you are tired!!
Meditate on Scripture: So, that worrisome night I started to meditate on scripture, and went right to sleep. Unfortunately, it isn’t always that easy, but many times, it is. To see more about meditating, see this blog.
So that is the day in the life of a sometimes hopeless worrier, me. And the issue isn’t over, so I’ll need to re-read this blog for my own resolve!
Worry is an instant sparkle-extinguisher. Have you ever noticed that older people who are worriers have a different countenance than people the same age who are not worriers? No amount of face cream can counteract a habit of worry!
“Casting all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.”
I Peter 5:7