“The sun does not abandon the moon to darkness.” – Dominion, Brian McBride
I worry a lot. Like, a lot.
I worry about the fact that I work full time at Target and still don’t seem to make enough to be able to move on with my life (find an apartment, support a family, get a car, etc…) I worry that I’m never going to find peace with the things I struggle with so that I can be the man my someday family needs me to be. I worry that I’m going to destroy the good, healthy relationships I’ve worked so hard to develop. I worry that my salvation is not as secure as I thought and one day I’m going to die and find myself hell-bound. And there’s so much more that I worry about.
And I worry about the fact that I worry. It’s all very worrisome.
Lately, though, I’ve begun to realize a few things about this worry. I’ve let it control my life. I’ve let it elevate my stress until it’s unbearable, which decreases my productivity and motivation. I’ve let it get my down and depressed. I’ve let it affect those around me. But – like many other Christians – it seems I’ve forgotten about this one time in Scripture where God told us not only to not worry, but also to give our worries to Him.
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” – Psalm 55:22
Worry and stress and anxiety (not the mental illness – just the emotion) seem to be the one sin that Christians don’t take seriously.
The thing is, though, these things are dangerous. They’re dangerous to our faith, our lives, our relationships, our jobs. When we leave our worry unchecked we teach ourselves to not let God take control. We let it consume the way we relate to people. We let turn us into depressed zombies with no motivation for anything. But, it seems that while all these things happen, the worry still never goes away.
Worry, like any sin, must be cast off before we can begin to heal. God wants to take your worry. He wants to hold you and support you. He wants to be your refuge and your strength. He wants to sustain you.
So let Him.
Like the sun does not abandon the moon, He will not abandon you to darkness.