Recently several experiences made me consider this phrase: "Don't worry about it!" How do you react when someone tells you this?
A few days ago, my youngest daughter had a problem and she came to me, tearfully explaining why she was so upset. I quickly set her mind at rest by simply saying, "Don't worry about it. It's ok." She didn't need a long explanation. She trusted me. She believed me when I told her she didn't need to worry about it, that it would be ok. We have a history together --she felt secure. She was able to relax and let go of her worries.
Not long ago, one of my older kids unburdened himself to me about some troublesome issues he was worried about at work. We talked it out, I pointed out some things he may have not considered, giving him some suggestions of things he could do that didn't depend upon the actions of others, as well as giving him some ideas for good goals for the immediate future.
What had been a day full of negatives, turned into a positive ending as he was able to release his worries and regain hope for the future. He was even excited about the prospect! He turned to me at the end and said, "Thanks, Mom, I love you!" He believed what I told him. We have a history together --he felt secure. He was able to press on and have a positive view of the future.
In the past few weeks, we've faced some challenges in business and family situations. Twice I've gone to my husband to discuss different concerns, and he's talked to me each time reassuringly, telling me, "Don't worry about it. It will all work out. It will get better soon." Each time I felt the burden lift off my shoulders and I felt released from worries about the situations. Why? We have a history together --I trusted him. I felt secure in his care. I knew he was praying and trusting God in all these things and that the Lord would give him wisdom.
I can go to my Father about everything. I do so every morning first thing, and I continue to talk to Him through the day --if I am burdened by something, He lifts me up and reminds me of His care for me. When circumstances seem bleak and things aren't going the way I'd hoped, I can still feel secure in the One who created the universe, upholds it all --and will never leave me nor forsake me. We have a history together --I trust Him. I am secure in Him.
Now, maybe you don't have that type of trusting relationship right now with your mother or your husband, but like me, you do have a Heavenly Father who is not only completely able to take care of us, but totally willing --and He has told us:
Don't worry about it!
Whatever you're going through --He has us covered!
"Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus." --Philippians 4:6-7
Now, how will we react to His Word? Will we choose to trust Him and allow His peace to permeate our lives? I pray we will! Not only for our own sakes, but so we can be an example to our children --that we have a God who can be utterly relied upon! A Father who tenderly cares for His own and promises to take care of our every need if we will just seek Him first! A Father who tells us, "Don't worry about it" --so our worries are released to Him and replaced with His Peace.
More Encouragement From Scriptures:
Luke 12:25-26 "And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?"
Luke 12:29-32 "And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
Matthew 6:34 "...Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?"
Psalm 34:7 "The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him."
Psalm 50:14 "Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me."
Psalm 56:3-4 "Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?"
Proverbs 29:25 "The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. Many seek the ruler's favor, But justice for man comes from the Lord."
Psalm 115:11 "You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield."
Matthew 7:7-8,11 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened....If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!"
Mark 11:24-25 "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses."
Hebrews 13:6 "So we may boldly say: "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"
Hebrews 4:15-16 "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
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