October 15, 2011
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray … Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.” Philippians 4:6-7 (The Message Bible)
Worrying was something I learned at a young age. I remember fretting whenever my parents left me and my brothers with a babysitter that they wouldn’t come back. I’d stew myself into a full-blown bellyache. Sometimes the sitter would call mom and dad, and they would have to leave a party and come home. Almost immediately the symptoms were gone.
I read that there isn’t room in our hearts for worry and prayer at the same time. However, I still worry, except when I fly. My takeoff prayer now goes like this, “Dear Lord, if this plane goes down, I’m ready to go, but take me fast—you know how much I hate pain.” And upon landing, “Thank, you, God, for the safe journey to my earthly home.”
Dear Lord, may all our worries turn into prayers, before they give us an ulcer. Amen.