All of us have experienced a drought sometime in our lives. There are those times when everything dries up. The heat is relentless and life-giving rain is nowhere in sight. First the grass turns yellow then the trees. It seems that our entire world is headed toward destruction. Worry is much like a drought. It sucks the life out of everything that lives. It also leads to other ailments and problems. These can be physical, emotional or even spiritual.
Winston Churchill said, “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he has had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened.” His words ring true today. One pastor wrote, “Most of our problems are huge, and they don’t exist.”
I wish I could say that I have learned to overcome worry. I have not. I have, however, found some spiritual disciplines to assist me when I worry. Let me share them with you.
Grace. Both God’s grace and my grace. I have found that when I worry I have a need for God’s grace. That comes from a life lived in brokenness. Restoration comes to the worried heart when God’s grace comes in with its warming love and reconciliation. I also need to express grace to myself. Most of my worries are about my pride. It’s amazing how I can make a situation that is totally not about me into something that totally is. It’s almost as if I gather worry toward myself and hold on to it. How sick is that? That’s when I need to give myself the grace to realize it’s not about me.
Rest. I worry most when I’m tired. Worry becomes emotional for me and therefore it exhausts me. That emotional tiredness wreaks havoc on my wellbeing. Instead of waiting until you fall in the ditch, schedule times of rest. What do you do to recharge your batteries? Do it regularly.
Praise. Not necessarily singing. Praising the Lord and recounting how He has provided for you will conquer worry. Instead of focusing on the problem, focus on the provision. I am astonished how people have overcome the most devastating losses with the attitude of what’s been given instead of what’s been taken away.
Stillness. Somewhere we have learned that if we go harder and faster we won’t have time to worry. We want to run from the draught in our lives instead of allowing the Lord to bring His life-giving rain in the stillness of our hearts. So we fill our lives with activities. We get up in the morning and we run until we fall exhausted in our beds at night. It may be raining, but we’re going so fast we don’t really notice or, even worse, we think it’s a nuisance. Two words—Slow Down!
Silence. Not quietness, silence. Say nothing. Turn off everything and listen. In the silence you will hear Him and your worries will melt, as he says, “I am.”
These 5 disciplines have assisted me in enduring and overcoming in the midst of the drought of worry. Hopefully you have some things that assist you to be as vibrant as you can possibly be. If not, start with these and see if your worries will give way to life giving rain.
1 Peter 5:7
Keep Lookin UP!!
Keep Lookin UP!!