This is probably the most difficult thing for most of us - to turn over our worries and troubles to God and trust Him to take care of them. I know it's one of my biggest challenges as a Christian. I really do believe that God knows and wants what's best for me, but that doesn't stop me from worrying.
When I find myself really drowning in worry, I do three things:
- I try the logic method (not a real method, but I'm thinking of trademarking it). I think about what I can do to change the circumstances. If I have the power to make it less worrisome, great! But, about 99% of the time, there's nothing I can do. When that's the case, worrying about it won't change a thing, so I try to convince myself that, logically, it's a waste of time to worry. That usually doesn't work, so I move on to Step 2.
- I remember two verses: Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. and Romans 8:28 - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. While that makes me feel better, it usually doesn't eradicate all the worry, so on to Step 3.
- I sit down and have a heart-to-heart with God. Sure, He already knows all about my worries, but it helps me to talk it out. I also end up asking him to take my worries away.
Those 3 steps help me, big time. Well, at least for a while. Sometimes, those worries come creeping back. When that happens, I just rinse and repeat - it's OK to go through the 3 steps as many times as needed.