There’s a story of a ninety-year old man who was asked to what he attributed his longevity. “I reckon,” he said, with a twinkle in his eye, “it’s because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried.” Now that is a definite statement of faith! What is it about us that lets our worries steal our sleep? I’ve always enjoyed the idea that if we have worries, we should give them over to God right before bed time and let Him worry. After all, He’s going to be up all night anyway.
Some of us are just plain worrywarts, pure and simple. If we don’t have worries, we’ll come up with worries that aren’t even ours and carry them around. We’ll worry for other people, we’ll worry for the world, we’ll worry about the weather…there’s always something to give the mind a chance to freak out any time at all. Back in the 50’s, James R. Williams created his comic strip character “Worry Wart.” “Out Our Way” must have hit a chord with a lot of people because the idea of being a “worrywart” became a household word. Oddly enough, the Williams’ character didn’t actually worry himself. He was a young boy who made everyone else worry.
Mark Twain was quoted as saying, “I’m an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them have never happened.” Most of your troubles will never happen either. In fact, if you look at the reality of your life and make a list of all those things you have worried about, you probably would be hard pressed to come up with even a hand full that came to fruition even though they all kept you up at night.
You really do have a place to surrender those worries if you want to. If you’d like to sleep well and wake up vibrant and ready to take on a new day, then do what the birds do. Keep singing and let your Creator take care of you. The fact is, He already knows the outcome of the thing you’re struggling with and He already has a plan for your good to get you where you need to be. The fact is, He’s never been a worry wart and you don’t need to be either.
Today, just for a while, take a deep breath, send your worries over to God, and walk around without the weight of them for a few hours. You may feel just like a bird, able to spread your wings and fly. You may even sing. What a glorious day it will be!