Worry—Wasted Time: Missed Opportunity
As I was reliving some irritations of the past few days and reveling in my irritation, the Lord spoke to my heart and said “What about today?” “What about what I have for you today?” I stopped cold. I was so busy thinking about past days and thinks past that I was wasting the new day God had given me and not living in the present moment. What about what God had for me today? I wasn’t even there. I was missing it.
As I sat down to read His Word, this is where I was.
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:25-34
Jesus was teaching his disciples not to worry. He pointed out to them that worrying about things wouldn’t add anything to their life. We actually now know that worry and stress has the power to subtract years from our life. Can worrying about what someone said or what someone did change it? The moment has already past, it’s done. Today is a new day.
Also in Luke 12:25-26 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
Those days that I was stewing about were stealing the time that God had for me in the present moment. I wasn’t enjoying the moment because I was too caught up in yesterdays. Everyday is a new day and God has a plan for every one of them. If I’m focused on the past and worrying about the future then I’m missing God’s plan for the present. I need to keep my heart in the moment and be led by His Spirit. Notice that He said worry dominates the thoughts of unbelievers. As believers we should know that God knows are needs and will provide for us. We are God’s children and as we seek Him, He will provide all our needs.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7
What do we do when the temptation comes to worry? We roll it over on the Lord and Know that He will care for it. As parents we take our children to babysitters and turn them over into their care. We know that they will be cared for. That’s the way it is with our Father. We cast our cares and worries on Him and He will care for them for us.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6
As Christians, we need not to worry but actively stand firm against the temptation and resist it. Our Heavenly Father will never let us down as we seek Him. Worrying can not only cause me to miss it but it can cause others to be affected as well. What if God needs me to speak a word to someone in need and I’m so caught up in yesterday and tomorrow that God can’t use me. I remind myself to live in the moment and listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. What is it that God wants me to do in this moment…in this day? Who does He want me to encourage and pray for? Who does He want me to help?