Seven-year-old Amelia Earhart could make an adventure out of most any activity. One snowy day, she took her brand-new sled to the top of a hill and dove, belly first, onto it, flying down the incline at high speed. Along came a horse and wagon at just the moment she reached the bottom. Amelia went under the horse, narrowly missing its large hooves, and emerged on the other side only to wave happily to her sister who was looking on. Worry was not a habit of the adventurous Amelia. Long before she took to the skies in her small airplane to live out her dream of becoming an aviation pioneer, she was taking risks that most Victorian girls would not.
It’s been said that Miss Earhart believed that worry stifled action and muddled decision-making. It may have been easier for someone of her daring personality to say so, but worry really can paralyze and cause confusion.
God knows are weaknesses and the bible is filled with reminders of His love and care for us. The subject of worry is no exception. In the Book of Matthew, we are reassured that a God Who cares for the little birds in the air who need daily feeding, surely cares for each of us and our needs, making us His priority:
Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life? Matthew 6:26-27
Worry is a challenge for many of us. It is a habit that is hard to break, and made harder still by the fact that life is filled with unknowns. But thank God that He has His Eye on us, and our lives in His Hands.
Whether you’re an adventurer like Amelia, or a worrier like many of us, remember that God cares for you, too. How can we not put our trust in a God Who cares so lovingly for tiny creatures, and knows every day we will live? When you feel worry confronting you, turn to the bible for comfort. As you learn to trust God’s Words, worry will fly away!