How Not To Worry

So here's what God's showing me through this conga line of hurricanes that are tracking ever eastward...

Certainly no matter where you live, you heard about Gustav... but did you know about Fay, who just left a week ago? And have you seen Hanna, whose arrival the east coast is miserably anticipating? Are you tracking Ike, a category 3 whose unpredictable path could lead him anywhere in the next 5 days? And have you been introduced to baby Josephine, steadily following in the path of the storms before her and gaining strength and size on a daily basis?

It's been a rough two weeks for those of us on the southern coasts who hear these ominious names every time we turn on our TVs. (You know how a single 'bad' student can ruin a name for you forever--like if you have an annoying Sarah, you could never name your own child that and cringe every time you hear the word? Yep, it works that way for named storms). But! I'm learning not to worry...

I figure there are only one of two possible outcomes: either the storm will come and do damage, or it won't. And my worrying doesn't affect the outcome. In fact, it makes it worse, no matter what. Here's what I've learned to tell myself: in a week, this particular trial will all be over. And if nothing bad happened, I'll regret having spent my time being anxious over nothing. And if something bad does happen, I'll regret having wasted my last few days of peace. I mean, if I'm going to be without electricity and running water for three weeks, shouldn't I be enjoying those things right now? If I'm not going to be able to go to the pool or eat in restaurants or drive my car or call my loved ones, shouldn't I be savoring every day of those privileges while I've got them? Shouldn't every moment NOW be that much more precious and spent as wisely as possible?

Rather than feeling anxious about what's possibly to come, I've chosen to be prepared (do my part) and then relax (and let God do His part). The best possible use of my life is to maintain my joy. No matter what happens, I'll look back and say, yep, I had the right attitude, the right mindset. I made the most of every day. I don't know what's going to happen, but I know the One who knows, and that's enough!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your devotions for a couple of days now. Thank you. I really like the one on worrying and I can't. My issue is dealing with the other teachers who say "they can't." I don't like to limit my first graders because they have the heart of a lion and will try anything to please me. I can learn from them. If I approached trials like they approach the work I give them, God would be sooo pleased.