“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”   Matthew 6:34, NLT

This question that Jesus posed to His listeners, is a good one for each of us to consider. After all, we’re a nation of worriers. God wants us to be a nation of warriors…prayer warriors. He wants us to win over the noise of the world.

We’re stuck, restless, uncertain, and desperate for change. We’ve lost control and we can’t do anything about it. We can’t fix global illness, the frequent pronouncements of natural disasters, or the everyday setbacks that keep us depressed, discontented, and disappointed. We are tired of being tired and we’re tired of worrying.

So, what can we do? Maybe we can reconsider the question from Mathew 6:34 and make it personal. “Can all your worries, Karen, add a single moment to your life?” Or, maybe we should ask, “Can all your worries add a single moment of joy, peace, contentment, strength, inspiration, or happiness to your life?”

We all know worry, anxiety, distress, brooding, or any other emotionally draining option is not productive. It doesn’t give you anything to do that will make things better. It’s a thief that robs your possibilities and pulls at your heartstrings. It’s taking you nowhere. So where can you turn?  Talking to God helps. Trusting God helps even more. Quieting your heart and resting in God’s grace and mercy may be better yet. If we remember that God is up all night anyway, we can just let Him worry.

The One who often says, “Fear not!” wants us to stop worrying and go back to trusting He’s got this. Whatever it is, God is in control, and He still reigns! He hasn’t missed a detail of what’s going on in our lives.

So, what will it be? Worry if you must, but if you can stop the never-ending stress and start to pray, new options arise. You don’t have to sit up all night wringing your hands. because you won’t add one moment to your life trying to deal with things on your own. Go back to bed, say a prayer, and rest. God’s up all night and He’s got you covered.

Remember this little quote, “Fear knocked on the door. Faith answered, but no one was there.”

Praying with you now.