“Do not worry about your life….” – Matthew 6:25a
Two weeks ago, I submitted two book proposals to my agent. Next week he is meeting with my publisher to discuss them. Exciting, right? Yes, very! However, instead rejoicing in the opportunities that lie before me, I have been ruminating. My mind has been clouded with all the possible what ifs: What if Zondervan rejects my ideas? What if they love them? What if I get the go-ahead for both projects? What if I can’t produce? What if the books are a bust?
I know. It’s ridiculous. But, this is where I’ve been living the past few days – Worryville, USA. Ever been there?
Perhaps you’re in that place right now. If so, let me encourage you with a verse God brought to my mind earlier this week: “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear (Matthew 6:25).” And, in my case, “What you will write.” I had been feeling anxious and stressed because I wasn’t trusting in the Lord with my future. Simple as that.
You see, worry is the opposite of trust. It’s impossible to trust God and fret over the details of your life at the same time. You’re either believing God’s promises or you’re not. There is no middle ground.
If you’ve been camping out in Worryville like I was, it’s time to relocate! Move from where you are to where you should be – resting in God’s perfect peace. The Lord is faithful to help you when you cry out to Him. He wants to take that heavy burden from your shoulders so you can experience joy again. Cast your cares upon the Lord in prayer, and then leave them there. Remember, you serve an all-knowing, all-seeing, all-loving, all-powerful God. There’s no need to fret. He’s got everything under control. You can trust Him.
I took this sunset photo on my last evening in El Salvador this past April. As I stood on the beach and looked out over the vast ocean, I was reminded of God’s power. I felt His peace wash over me as the waves crashed against the shore. Our God is so big! There’ s nothing He can’t handle.