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What Can Worry Add?

This past June I made a big decision to quit my full time teaching job and pursue a full time speaking and writing ministry.  At the time I felt confident this was the direction God was leading and so it was without worry or hesitation that I moved ahead.

Well the reality has set in, and I have to admit its been more difficult than I anticipated.  We went from 2 full time incomes and very few payments to almost double the payments and half the income.  Though I’ve been able to do some substitute teaching, it’s been slower than ever before.

And as the day to day pressure of bills and expenses crowd in I find myself doubting and questioning my decision.  Not because I think I heard God wrong, but because it’s hard.

So often when we make a big decision, we sense God’s leading so clearly at the beginning. But as reality sinks in we start to question whether we actually heard him right or not.  God wouldn’t possibly lead me into a situation where I’d be challenged, would he?  He couldn’t possibly want to take me out of my comfort and grow my faith in a new way.  Or could he?

When we receive a promise from God, we aren’t usually prepared for the process between the promise and the fulfillment of the promise. We think everything should happen quickly.

But the truth is, God takes a long time to act suddenly.

It’s all over scripture!  Even Jesus waited 30 years for 3 years of ministry.  And the process is what prepares us for the fulfillment of the promise. If we spend the whole process worrying, are we going to be ready for the fulfillment?

Worry is the absence of faith.  When we worry we say that God is not who He says He is.  He is not good and He is not able or willing to work all things together for our good.  Worry says God is a liar.

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6:27

Today, instead of worrying, follow this advice in Philippians 4:6-8.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Not only will you save yourself the stress of worry, you’ll show God that the process is working and you’re more ready for the fulfillment of the promise today than you were yesterday.

And be expectant because you never know when He’s going to act suddenly!

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6 thoughts on “What Can Worry Add?

  1. So true, isn’t it, Heather?

    I love what you said: God takes a long time to act suddenly. It’s true, because when God does act, it often does seem sudden because a whole lot of things seem to come at you at once. But it’s the preparation that’s important, and the learning to wait on Him.

    I pray that He’ll open doors for you, and that He’ll use this time in an amazing way for you!

  2. Heather, Such great insight.
    When I read: “… I find myself doubting and questioning my decision. Not because I think I heard God wrong, but because it’s hard,” I just sat and let that sink in. I think that’s where I often get tripped up–when I think that if this is what I was made to do, then I should be able to do this with ease, that it should just flow.
    What a lie! It just takes a quick read-through of Paul and his ship wrecks, beatings and perils to put things into perspective.

    You captured so many strong and beautiful insights. Thanks for sharing what God’s teaching you. Heather, you’re still a full time teacher. It’s just your reward is no longer printed on paper and your classroom knows no boundaries now.

  3. Thank you for sharing this wonderful truth. God’s timing is perfect but too often doesn’t line up with my own perspective. I too am in a time of preparation it seems with no speaking engagements lined up for another couple months and then only one. Promoting my book is going slower than I expected but I keep telling myself to patiently wait on God’s timing and while I wait to prepare, to take time with God and listen carefully to all He is trying to teach me. May God grant you patience to wait on His wonderful plans for your life. Thank you for sharing this post. I needed the reminder.

  4. Heather ~ this phrase … “… I find myself doubting and questioning my decision. Not because I think I heard God wrong, but because it’s hard,” is really something I needed to hear today. Since my speaking engagements have slowed to zero and only one small one on the calendar for next year, I’ve been questioning my decsion BIG TIME. This perspective didn’t even occur to me. LOL!

    In our Beth Moore Living Beyong Yourself (Fruit of the Spirit) study, she talks about being in a position or posture to receive God’s blessing. When Jesus fed the 5,000 he asked them to SIT DOWN, and he only fed those who were seated. The baskets were passed and everyone who was seated was blessed. I guess we’re all sitting down, in the blessing posture waiting for God.

    In the meantime, we can all support each other in prayer. It is our highest calling.

  5. Well-put. God often does take a long time to act suddenly. It is almost a knee-jerk reaction to second-guess ourselves when we come up against obstacles. What’s worse is to become paralyzed with doubt. But even this, I think, will be used by God to further develop our faith.

  6. Thanks for the reminder. Worrying tends to cause me to forget about the days when life is great. At the ripe old age of 55, I’ve had many opportunities to worry. God has given me able to look beyond those life lessons and see that His blessings are right there. Be encouraged, God is working at perfecting us. As gold requires time to become pure, we must be ready to be in the “Refiner’s fire”.
    He has given us a promise, “Be patient my son/daugther,I have a plan for you, not to harm you but to cause you to prosper”
    If our life with Him was easy, we would soon forget Him.

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