A young boy was driving a hayrack down the road when the wagon fell over in front of a farmer’s house. The farmer came out, saw the young boy crying and said, "Son, don’t worry about this, we can fix it. But right now dinner’s ready. Why don’t you come in and eat with us and then I’ll help you put the hay back on the rack." The boy said, "No, I can’t. My father is going to be very angry with me." The farmer said, "Now don’t worry, just come in and have some lunch and you’ll feel better." The boy said, "I’m just afraid my father is going to be very angry with me." The farmer and the young boy went inside and had dinner. Afterwards, as they walked outside to the hayrack, the farmer said, "Now, son, don’t you feel better after that great meal?" The boy said, "Yes but I just know that my father will be very angry with me." The farmer said, "Nonsense. Where is your father anyway?" The boy said, "He’s under that wagon."
In reality, worry is a serious problem with serious impact. Consider some of the physical symptoms that are often associated with worry: uneasy feelings, anxiety, inability to relax, tension headaches, sleeplessness, heart palpitations, and even feelings of tightness in your chest. Left unchecked, worry can morph into severe anxiety and even mental illness.
For most of us, worry is a thief; it is a terrible time sucker. Some have said that worry is the interest you pay on trouble that seldom comes. Psychologists have said that 90% of what people worry about never comes to pass. Dr. Vance Havner noted, “ Worry, like a rocking chair, will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Jesus simply said it like this, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:27, NIV)
So what are we to do with worry? Simple, Paul encourages us, “6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT).
What are you worried about? What’s assaulting your thought life? Instead of worrying, take a moment to simply pray about it; give it over to God. Thank Him for what He’s done for you and then enjoy the peace of Jesus.