Writing has been a healing process for me in the past, and I’m continuing to trust it to let go of worry. If I had known how cathartic it would be, I would have started years ago, when our lives were going through the most difficult situations, and we had no one to trust except God. It became a lifeline.
If someone had told me to let go and let God into the circumstances, I would have laughed because I wanted to control the outcome. Letting God take control takes faith and trust that he has everything in control, even though it may not seem like it. In essence, we tell God that he’s not to be trusted with our problem, or that he doesn’t care. Yet the truth is the opposite. He’ll walk with you through the trouble.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:7
What I worried about was not my major concern, but God’s and his Spirit searches our hearts and he knows when we’re anxious or in unbelief. So that’s why he promised he would take care of our future, and that he has given us his word to never leave us. When we let go and let God, it frees our mind to enjoy today. One of my favourite scriptures is that everything will work out, and it gives me rest.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28
One day at a time
We can only live one day at a time, moment-by-moment, no matter how much we worry about the future. Keeping thoughts on today instead of tomorrow takes away the fear that something bad could happen, especially if we’ve experienced trauma in the past. That old evil one tries to tempt us into wrong thinking. It causes anxiety in the emotions and even may cause sickness in body or mind.
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.Matthew 6:34
How do we let go and let God? That’s the question. It’s okay to feel anxiety and worry, but if we remain in it, it could lead to sickness of the mind and body. This is not to say that clinical depression doesn’t exist, it does and needs to be treated by health professionals.
Let go of worry and let God
In my experience, I’ve found that when I pour out my honest feelings into writing, it helps me get it out of head. It’s for God’s eyes only. Then I write my prayers out as well. I process it in my thoughts and search for a scripture or two to meditate on. Another thing that’s helped me is talking with my husband or with a friend. But there’s one thing that’s been hard for me is to ask for prayer or help. Being self-sufficient is my weakness that I’m working on to overcome.
Whatever you’re struggling with, my friend, give it to God. Fear about the future, lack of finances, or marriage and any other problem. God can handle it. Sometimes we just have to give up trying to control situations in our own strength and ask for wisdom from God. He is for you. He loves you.
How do you deal with worry and anxiety? What’s your favourite scripture?