I've spent a lot of my life worrying. I've worried about my grades in school, jobs and interviews, finances, about disagreements between friends and where my relationship is headed. I've worried about calories, about not having the perfect body and my eating habits. I've worried about appearances and what others think about me. I've wasted so many hours worrying.
Worrying doesn't accomplish anything, but its what I do. I have a really anxious personality, so name something, and I've probably worried about it. I am worrying about plenty right this second that when I really think about it, God already has it under control. He doesn't need my help.
"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?" -Matthew 6:30
I remember distinctly a time when I was sick with worry. My work had just told me that the following month I would be moving from day shift to swing shift, which is 4:00 PM-12:00 AM. If I had to pick the one out of the four shifts I would NEVER in my life want to to, it would be swing shift. I didn't want to miss meeting my girlfriends for dinner, I didn't want to pass up my shopping trips with my mom after work, I didn't want to never get to cook dinner and watch a movie together snuggled on the couch with my boyfriend.
I was so upset that all I could do was worry, stress, and think about how terrible it was going to be. I prayed to God that he change my situation somehow. I actually prayed for a new job, but I think God wanted me to stay at the company I am at, because a couple weeks before the switch, we had a team meeting and my bosses told us we were switching up the shifts, and I would be working 10-6. I couldn't have been happier. God came through for me in a huge way that day. He cares about the smallest details of our lives.
Since that day, I have moved to a even better schedule, and am about to move to another position soon here that is really blessing me schedule wise and financially.
What I am trying to say is I wasted so much time worrying and being stressed out, instead of just trusting God things out according to HIS plan. His will for us is better than what we have planned for ourselves, His timing is perfect. Even in the difficult times, when it seems like God is silent or not listening to our prayers, we can put our trust in the Lord.
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?-Matthew 6:25
This doesn't mean that its easy to just turn off that instinct to worry, that we won't stress or be anxious about something in life. But for me, it means that when I catch myself drowning in worry and anxiety, I fix my eyes on Jesus. I tell Him "Lord, I trust you." Over and over until I find myself releasing whatever is stressing me out into His hands.
"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you" 1 Peter 5:7