Having an active (or overactive) imagination is an asset in my profession. But it can be a stumbling block in my daily life, particularly in terms of what I worry about. My imagination can go turn a cough into consumption or a single spider into an arachnid invasion in about three seconds.
Last week, a complication arose on the series I’m working on, and more than one person voiced the opinion that we were in serious trouble. In an unusual moment for me, I said I was sure everything would be fine, then walked back to my office, praying the whole way. I had no voice in solving the problem, so I put my voice to different use: I asked God to help me stay calm and focused, and to help my staff do the same. By the end of the day, the issue was happily resolved.
I’m well aware matters don’t always resolve that well. But I am also newly aware that worry causes problems and solves nothing. Worry makes us stressed and even sick. It distracts us from finding solutions, by keeping us focused on the problem. And it burdens those around us, as they worry about us.
Most of all, worry shows disrespect to God: He tells us repeatedly that He walks with us, even in the valley of the shadow of death. If we take His hand in true faith, how can we ever doubt that He will lead us through even the most heartbreaking times? It is that comfort, not our worry, that we need to share.
Having faith doesn’t mean we no longer have problems; it means we have mighty help with those problems. A life lived in Christ doesn’t mean the absence of difficulty; it means the blessed assurance that we can handle the difficulty with the help of God and our brothers and sisters in faith.
Give up worry: Give comfort.
“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?” Matthew 6:25-27