I hate to admit it, but I come from a long line of “worriers.” My grandmother is famous for worrying.

When my husband and I went on our honeymoon, we left our car at her house. She asked for the keys so in case a storm came up and lightning hit the house and it caught on fire, she could move the car. She says “you never know what might happen.”

I know… it seems ridiculous. She lets her imagination run wild. She comes up with all sorts of worse case scenarios. But if we are honest, how many of us spend precious moments of our lives worrying about what might happen? We make up things in our minds that never come to pass.

I’ve shared before here at Faith Lifts that my son Spencer has epilepsy. He’s had a great many health challenges lately and was in the hospital once again this past week. He is always coming up with something that amazes me. He’s also always more concerned about everyone else than himself.

One day in the hospital, a nurse came in to check his vitals. He told her she should check on his mom instead. It seems he thinks I have a new disease – “worry-itis.” He went into great detail explaining to the nurse how I worry too much about him. The nurse began to question him about this disease. She wanted to know if there was a cure. “Sure,” he said, “just trust Jesus – that’s what I do.”

Such simple words but so profound. I couldn’t help but think of the words of Jesus.

“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Mark 10:15 NIV

The faith of a little child. It amazes me. And he’s right you know, God’s Word tells us not to worry, but to trust Him.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?… Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-34 NIV

I know the cure to this troubled, worried mother’s heart is to trust Jesus… I just needed a reminder. Perhaps you needed a reminder today too.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God.” John 14:1 NIV

8 Responses to “Worry-itis”
  1. Julia
    January 19, 2009 | 9:04 am

    Thanks Amy,
    I was just making my list for today and worrying about how I was going to get though it all.
    I Trust In Him,

  2. Pamela C.
    January 19, 2009 | 10:18 am

    Thanks, Amy, for the reminder. We are waiting to hear back from Cleveland Clinic for some new tests that they want to do for my son’s epilepsy. The tests are new to the United States but have been done in Europe for years. We are fast approacing the start of my son’s new insurance year (his starts in April) and we were wanting all of this done while his deductable had already been met for the year. We also have to first get the approval for insurance. Cleveland Clinic has to set up protocal for this procedure…well, you get the picture. What is more important, our Heavenly Father sees the WHOLE picture. It is hard for me not to be anxious, but I am learning as we have been going through all of his illness. Reminders are a good thing.

    Have a wonderful day.

    pscole3467 at gmail dot com

  3. Angela
    January 19, 2009 | 1:20 pm

    Wonderful post Amy. I too come from a long line of worriers. I am so thankful for the peace of Christ.

  4. Kimberly
    January 20, 2009 | 8:16 am

    How precious is the faith that your sweet Spencer has and so openly shares. Praying for all of you!

  5. maria
    January 23, 2009 | 3:00 pm

    I too worry, but I catch myself and stop and remember God is in full control. Amen. My
    landlady asked for her apartment in which i been living in for 9 months. Seems her Son
    needs a place. hUM , OKAY what can i do? But thank Jesus, I found another apartment
    and I can move the 1st of Feb. I get SSI, and that is a blessing, Thank You Jesus. All
    is good because I do know and faITHLY leave it all to Him. Amen.

  6. Angela at Hello Dahrlin'
    January 24, 2009 | 1:32 pm

    Thanks so much for this reminder. I needed it today! And we will keep you and Spencer in our prayers. What wonderfully strong faith he has!

  7. Susan (5minutesformom)
    January 24, 2009 | 8:31 pm

    Wow your son is amazing. I wish I had more in common with him but I sound more like your grandma.
    Thank you so much!!!

  8. Ms. Nancy
    February 3, 2009 | 12:52 am

    thanks again Amy, I will trust Him when worry attempts to flood my mind, I will know that the Lord does not give me a spirit of fear, and I will hide in the wings of His love,I do praise and adore the LORD WITH ALL MY HEART….thank you for the reminder to Trust in the Lord….May He bless, protect and replenish you and your family.
    Ms. Nancy