Disclaimer – This post is not intended to offend anyone – only to illustrate.
There are days in my life when worry overtakes me. I often wonder why it’s so much a part of who I am. It might be said that I’m the typical Jewish mother – even though I’m not Jewish. Jesus was, however, and so was His mom, so this may be why He spent a lot of time talking to His people about the dreadful trait of worrying. By the way, Jewish mothers do not have a corner on worry. We gentiles are just as likely to be concerned for our kids. I believe it’s actually a part of a woman’s DNA to fret about things over which she has no control.
It’s easy to tell someone not to worry, but that isn’t going to stop them from doing it. In fact, it might even lead to more worry just thinking about it. Besides, we may not have experienced what the worrier is going through. When you don’t have personal knowledge of something, it’s difficult to advise someone else. Your credibility will definitely come into question.
Jesus walked in our shoes. He knows all our frailties and shortcomings. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus invites us to,
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He isn’t just talking about physical rest. He’s telling us that He gives comfort for our souls as well. He actually allows us to lay our burdens on His large shoulders and He will carry them for us.
I will undoubtedly continue to worry until I die, but my worries don’t have to depress me or dominate my thinking. Thank you, Lord, for giving rest to my weary mind and body, but mostly for relieving the doubts, worries and fears of my soul. Remind me that you are in control of all things and let me rest in that knowledge. Amen!