What good is it to worry?

Before our last son was born, I became so fearful. Many days were spent worrying about the pain that I knew would accompany the delivery of our son. This is normal for any mom. But for several years I have suffered from panic attacks and I was concerned about the anxiety that labor might bring.

In essence, I was anxious about being anxious.

Isn’t that how we tend to go through life at times? Worried about the future. Worried about the unknown. Worried about tomorrow. Worried about any and everything.

As moms, maybe we are hard-wired to run on worry-mode. As soon as we get through one worry, we prepare for the next. But it eventually takes its toll. It wears us down and wears us out.

The Lord speaks to us repeatedly about this in His Word. Meditate on His words and promises the next time anxiety begins to seep into your heart.

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 important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
Matthew 6:25

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
Matthew 6:27

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.
Matthew 6:31-35

So then, banish anxiety from your heart
and cast off the troubles of your body,
for youth and vigor are meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 11:10

When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought joy to my soul.

Psalms 94:19

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7

An anxious heart weighs a man down,
but a kind word cheers him up.

Proverbs 12:25

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6

In the end, my labor was easy and pain free. I had wasted many precious moments worrying over nothing. Moments I can not get back. But I can learn to rely on the Lord more in each moment of worry.

After all, isn’t that what He really wants?

Karla Porter
Looking towards Heaven


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Ruth
    Dec 14, 2007 @ 18:09:41

    oh karla! amen sister. i know many will relate to this one. me included as i count to my “day of delivery”.

    one of my favorite quotes on this is by corrie ten boom — she said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”

    Bless YOU!


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