Worry is train ride to nowhere

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist

Did you know there are 8,910 promises in the Bible? Those promises cover every circumstance you will ever encounter. Yet, why are there so many books about stress and how to deal with it? Uncontrolled emotions cause chemical changes in the body that lead to illness and disease.

Worry is a joy stealer. It is a health robber. It is a dark cloud that hides sunshine in our lives. Worry is being fearful. Worry is the assurance that disaster and catastrophe are coming. Worry is utterly useless. Worry never provides an answer. Worry is like a ferocious tiger.

Whatever the situation, does worry help? Does it give comfort? Does it give peace? If you answered, “Yes” to any of the above, you must not be a member of the human race. Worry is the greatest thief. It’s the cheater that sneaks upon your blind side and prohibits peace every day. Worry is the opposite of trust. The world can be beautiful, but in this short time of our earthly existence, the thief of worry blinds its victim.

When our children were small, we would have been totally offended if they had kept coming to us saying, “Are you sure you love us? Are you really going to take care of us? Will you really be here when we wake up in the morning?

I wonder how God feels when we stew and fret while waving around in doubt and unbelief.

I learned a valuable lesson about worry free living from our cat. He lived in the now of life. When he relaxed, he totally relaxed. Every muscle in his body stayed in total relaxation. Whenever the boys sneaked upon him with a model airplane or car, Tom immediately reacted to the problem at hand. When it was over, he collapsed again in total peace.

So let’s break the worry habit. Memorize, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV).

When the gnawing, tormenting thought of worry awaken you in the still, small hours of the morning, remember Isaiah 26:3: “You, Lord, give true peace to those who depend on you, because they trust you.” (NCV)

God is still in control. He is not surprised by anything. We do not walk by what we see in the natural world. We live by faith and faith moves God. Dwelling on conflicts brings despair and hides the beauty of blessings. We, as humans, get caught up in daily deadlines bringing on stress and worry. We forget the many good things in life while looking for the “good life” that we already have. If we have God, family and friends we are rich. My battle cry is, “We always have more blessings than problems.”

If we had only 24 hours to live, how would we spend it? By worrying? I doubt it. We would want to make every second count. I would want to feel my husband’s arms around me. I would want to tell others what they mean to me. I would want to enjoy the fellowship of friends. I would want to hear the laughter of children at play and the melodic song of birds at the break of day. If I lived my last 24 hours doing this, why wait? Why not do that now?

I cannot change anything by worry, but I can change my world with my attitude.

To me, “Life is Delicious,” and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.