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Today’s Truth

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34

Friend to Friend

My husband, Steve, and I sat anxiously in our seats. I wondered if I was going to be able to endure the ride, especially knowing my propensity for motion sickness. But we began nonetheless.

The guide strapped all passengers into the tiny boats and gave last minute instructions. Of course there were life preservers, but what good would they do in the fierce rapids that threatened to suck its prey below the surface?

The crew boarded and began the journey down the mysterious Amazon. The calm meandering waters quickly gave way to fierce torrents, rushing rapids, and rocky crags protruding from the foaming waters. Alternating between plunging into the water and flying into the air, the boat made its way through the first set of rapids. My body relaxed, thankful that was over. Several times along the journey calm gave way to chaos as passengers maneuvered to keep the boats afloat. Often, I closed my eyes and waited for the turbulence to pass.

When we finally reached the end of our journey, I picked up my popcorn and walked out of the theater.

No, I wasn’t really on the Amazon River strapped in a tiny boat. I was comfortably sitting in a cushioned chair in the IMAX Theater watching a documentary about the Amazon River. In the five-story domed screen covering 6532 square feet of projection surface, large images put you in the center of the action, and the surround sound gave the illusion that you were indeed wherever the screen took you. It wasn’t real.

Yes, I did get a bit queasy from the larger-than-life movement down the river, but I was never in real danger. Even though the producers and engineer tried their best to create a realistic experience, I knew it wasn’t true. It was a movie. I would walk out unscathed.

That is the peace of walking, or in this case sitting, in the truth. Every day the enemy seeks to trip us up by stirring up worry about the future. It’s not real. It’s imaginings. Something that most likely will never happen.

Worrying is like sitting in the IMAX Theater watching a documentary about the Amazon River, but thinking you’re really in the boat. You’re not. It is your imagination running wild.

So what do you do?

Stop looking at the screen…the imaginings in your mind.

Leave the theater…the cinema where the worriers in you heart loop round and round.

Trust in God…the only One who knows what the future holds. He’s got this.

Let’s Pray

Lord, sometimes I make myself so mad. Mad as in angry and mad as in crazy. I worry about things that I have no control over, most of which will never happen in the first place. Today, I’m getting out of the imaginary boat in the imaginary Amazon River of worry. I’m going to trust in You and refuse to buy another ticket to the theater that plays reruns of my greatest fears.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen and Amen!

Now It’s Your Turn

Today’s truth comes from a longer passage about worry. Let’s look at Matthew 6:25-34.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Think about five things you worried about in the last six months.

Did worrying change anything?

How much of what you worried about happening actually happened?

There you have it.

Someone once said, “Worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have.”

So let’s not do it!

More From the Girlfriends

Trusting God isn’t always easy. That’s why Gwen, Mary and I wrote a book about it. We’ve shared honestly and openly about our own struggles, and how trusting God in the midst of difficult situations has strengthened our faith. This book is set up in a 12-week devotional style with a Bible study guide and journal pages. We even have free videos to go along with each week. You can find the book at my bookstore page and the videos on the Bible study page.

11 Responses to “When Worry Weakens Your Soul”

  1. Mina Carlson says:

    Thank you!! This devotion hits me right between the eyes. I need to create a sticky note on the statement, “worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have.”
    I’ve been a worrier all my life. How do I just relax and let God? It will take practice and prayer and trust. But I know it will happen….He’s got this.

    Hugs!

  2. Lydia says:

    I needed to be reminded of thIs today…thank you!

  3. Nadine says:

    Wow..God obviously used the Holy Spirit to speak to me through you today. I woke up this morning stressed instead of refreshed thinking about all I HAD to do. My husband who is so faithful read from both of our devotionals to help me calm down and trust in Him. However, it was your devotional that resonated with me and I thank you so much for your words and His words.

    Have a blessed day,

    YSIC

  4. Very good analogy . I enjoyed the story. So easy to get caught in the drama of life.
    Sometimes worry can make the problem worse than it really is.
    This was a good reminder to keep things in prospective.
    We Serbs a big God. Nothing is to great for Him. He says so. That’s good enough for me!
    Be Blessed Sisters in Christ.💜🇺🇸

  5. C.M.Orris says:

    Wow! I certainly, needed this devotion today!
    My husband has experienced cancer in the past, and he is on alert today with a Dr. visit.
    I need to remember to relax into the “wings” of God’s protection, to be strong for him today.
    Thank you for your “timely” devotional advice this am.

  6. Sweet Hope says:

    Glory be to God! I’m leaving the theater of worry in Jesus Name! Thanks for illustrating the Word of God so simply, yet powerfully! I needed this Word today. God bless you!

  7. Mia says:

    I needed to read this and now put it into practice. My God is bigger than my problems and he’s got my back.

    Thank you for the encouragement that I so needed this morning.

    Great way to start my day.

  8. Jess says:

    This is definitely something I needed to hear! I suffer from p.t.s.d. because of being abused, stalked and threatened by an ex of mine. Each day since those events (still awaiting his trial) I feel like I’m in a prison of worry…but after reading this I felt alot different than I have for the past 9 months. I think I can get off the “IMAX ride” now. Thank you.

    • Rebecca says:

      Hi Jess,

      You are not alone, I understand your journey of surviving after living a life with an abuser because I did as well. I know how it feels to know that there are times where the constant threats of attack are real, not just ‘a worry’. I continue to be on the receiving end of an ex who is viciously seeking revenge, and he’s using the Court to do so as well and manipulating my daughters. The battle is a real one.

      I never know what will happen next; however what I’m still learning is that worrying about what will happen next doesn’t change the outcome, good or bad. Most people, even Christians, will not understand our constant, real battles. It’s too much for many to comprenhend or be willing to step out of the comfort zone of ‘safe’ problems to discuss and support. Triggers from PTSD are NOT the same as worrying. I understand the difference and encourage you to not beat yourself up if you have any misguided guilt as you journey through recovery from abuse. God will equip you daily, or hourly when needed, to overcome triggers that spiral. He’s got this, He does. We can walk boldly before the enemy, even with trembling knees. Don’t be afraid to speak out, reach out, cry out.

      What never changes is God’s steadfast presence, the calm in the storm, unconditional love, empowering us with strength to keep going in spite of unknown outcomes. I stand with you and know God will give you divine protection, strength, peace in your journey. The Victory is He and He will be our deliverer. God bless you dear Sister in Christ!

  9. Beth says:

    I love this analogy! Thank you for yet another timely devotional. God’s blessings and peace to all of us who worry and need to just get off the ride.

  10. Tammy says:

    Wow!! I do needed this, this spoke volumes to me. If you were to ask anyone in my family, they would tell you that I am the worrier in our family. Thank YOU for helping me to realize that I am not trusting GOD fully like I need to. I’m leaving the IMAX theater now!! Glory be to GOD! HE has BLESSED me so much!

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