I’m having an insomnia attack right now. I attribute this to sleeping the entire morning long and to worrying a little bit. Honestly, I’m a little worried about Mike’s trip to Davao. It’s our first time to be away from each other for that long. I don’t know why I’m worried. In the past naman, I’ve had long distance relationships.
Anyway, I decided to surf the net for devotionals. I came across the Our Daily Bread Website (which I’ve linked to my blog) and searched for “worry”. This entry, dated Nov 9, 2004 spoke to me. (I remember last Sunday’s message in church was also about not worrying).
God loves mike more than I love him and He could take care of him better than I could. He’ll make sure that mike returns home here safely. I’m praying for the success of his trip, as well.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. —Psalm 23:1
Everyone worries occasionally, but I was once a “professional worrier.” My daily preoccupation was mulling over my worries, one by one.
Then one day I had to face an uncomfortable medical test, and I was frantic with fear. Finally I decided that during the test I would focus on the first five words of Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd.” This exercise in meditation not only calmed me, but I gained several fresh insights. Later, as I slowly meditated through the entire psalm, the Lord gave me more insights. Eventually I was able to share at conferences what the Lord had taught me.
If you’re a worrier, there’s hope for you too! Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life, wrote: “When you think about a problem over and over in your mind, that’s called worry. When you think about God’s Word over and over in your mind, that’s meditation. If you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate!”
The more we meditate on God’s Word, the less we need to worry. In Psalm 23, David meditated on his great Shepherd instead of worrying. Later, God chose him to be the shepherd of His people (Psalm 78:70-72). God uses those who can honestly say, “The Lord is my shepherd.”
When fear and worry test your faith
And anxious thoughts assail,
Remember God is in control
And He will never fail. —Sper
The more we think about God’s Word, the less we’ll think about our worries.