“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom
I am writing this post after a fearful event. Therefore, today’s post is for me as much as for anyone else who struggles with worry.
Getting washed out to sea
My brother got washed out to sea today. It struck fear in all of us watching him float away, head bobbing through crashing waves. Helplessness engulfed me.
We ran, scrambled, called for help, and then waited and watched.
He came back to us shaken, but safe.
I couldn’t disperse the picture in my mind. All day I kept seeing my beloved brother in the water, in danger. It left me feeling helpless and afraid.
I felt fear spreading into my heart. Fear of what could have happened.
The fears take on strength of their own and start making up stories in my head. One leads to the next and pants and drools all over other areas in my mind.
It is a familiar feeling for me and one I have worked hard to dispel.
Smart fear verses plain old fear
There is a big difference between smart, cautionary fear and just plain old lingering fear and worry. The first seems to remain in a neat square box, ready and waiting to be opened and used. The latter is like mold. It spreads and grows on anything it can.
When it envelops my being, I am not the me I know I am. I am a worried version of me who misses out on life in the present.
So, what do you do when events in life strike fear and worry deep into your being? What do you do when it lingers? What do you do when it rolls into your head like a fog enveloping an open field? What do you do when it takes up room, room needed for thankfulness and freedom?
Do not worry about tomorrow’s burdens
Here is a quote which reminded me of something I had forgotten. Something very important.
“It has been well said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear. Never load yourselves so, my friends. If you find yourselves so loaded, at least remember this: it is your own doing, not God’s. He begs you to leave the future to Him, and mind the present.” ~ George MacDonald
Question: What have you found to be helpful when confronted with worry?