We know that Worry does not help us – and yet sometimes we are dragged down the Worry Wormhole. Can we choose not to go there? What does God have to say about this?
How easy it is to travel down the worry wormhole? Something happens:
- a good event happens in your life,
- a great invitation is offered to you,
- a friend gives you a compliment.
You have a choice – to accept and enjoy. Often we do this but then in the next moment we also put on the brakes. It is as if we feel we don’t deserve this good fortune or good feeling.
The ‘what if’s’ form in our minds … as we assess the risks. There are always risks in life but we don’t have to major on them … The choice is ours.
The bible has 35 quotes about not worrying and 365 quotes about not being afraid. One worry quickly leads to the other disabling fear emotion.
I can spot a worry wormhole for those I love and care for from 100 metres away. “Why are they going down that route?” I wonder and “I wouldn’t worry about that!” comes a secondary (ungracious) thought.
You see, I can accept the truths of not worrying for myself for ages and then the worry genes tricks me!
I had a brilliant birthday recently; all was well and so enjoyable, I returned home to find a pile of presents waiting for me along with some messages on my answer machine. Amongst the greetings and well wishes was one from the Doctor’s surgery asking me to call them. Earlier in the week I’d had a routine yearly test to help control Diabetes.
Here is how the worry wormhole began.
“It’s not usual for the Doctor’s surgery to contact me especially as I am booked in to see the Doctor in a week’s time.
Why does the Doctor want me to ring back?
I know my results won’t be the best as I had fallen off the diet wagon recently and succumbed to cake and chocolate!
Perhaps the results are really bad and they need to see me sooner?
I’m going to hear something I don’t want to hear and probably my medication will be increased?
Why can’t I be more disciplined in what I choose to eat?
Perhaps it’s not the blood sugar but the cholesterol?
My blood pressure was high wasn’t it?
Oh no, I don’t want more tablets for that…”
The worry questions continued.
The next day, after a short period of procrastination, I rang the surgery.
“Thank you for ringing,” said the Receptionist “we just need to re-arrange your appointment date!”
But… What a waste of time I’d spent down that worry wormhole!
I would have been better off to have put the blocks on and taken a leaf out of King David’s Book.
“When I am worried or afraid – I will trust in you, O Lord”
King David was fighting the Philistines – he chooses to be unafraid when he sets his mind and vision on God and his Saviour. He recorded it in Psalm 56:3-4
“When I am afraid,
I will trust in you.
In God, for what He has promised,
In God I trust and I will not be afraid.
What can mortal man do to me?”
What do you do instead of worrying? How far down the worry wormhole do you go before you realise what is happening? Let me know firstname.lastname@example.org
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