Three minutes later, we were over it.
My girlfriend and I were at a conference with tons of other women and excitement filled the air. Now let me write the whole truth. Excitement did fill the air, but worry was there also. Will I fit in? Will others like me? Will I say the right things? In a building full of 600 hundred women there is potential for worry (anxiety too, but that’s a topic for another day).
Back to the three minutes I was talking about. I am floundering in the lobby trying to find a place to fit in and I catch sight of my friend. Quickly I think this looks like a safe place for me and I run over to join the conversation. Just as fast as I ran, well, that’s how fast my friend blew me off. Taking the hint, I left, a little down and rejected.
Now the three minutes. I know. You’ve been waiting. My friend (the one who blew me off) comes and sits beside me and says, “I owe you an apology.” I listen as she explains that the conversation I interrupted was tender and personal to the other person and she wanted to give her full attention during this tender time.
Wow, that was easy. She just saved me a tremendous amount of worry and didn’t even realize it. Because really, I was worried. I was worried I did something wrong, worried that I was rude, worried that I was left out, and the list could go on, but most importantly, I was worried that I would allow the enemy to win. Because He could.Satan is always looking for a way to make you worry over the things God has helped you move away from. Click To Tweet
Years ago, I was insecure and terribly worried about what everyone thought of me.
God taught me to let go of my insecurities and see the person He made me to be. He also taught me that when I am uncomfortable and worried, I can look to Him and ask myself, “what do I need to do or change about me?” Last but certainly not least, He taught me not to worry about tomorrow because today has enough worry of its own (Matthew 6:34).
God has repeatedly given me peace where worry used to reside and courage where there once was fear.The enemy does not like peace and courage. He celebrates over worry and wants to use it to take the generous gifts the Lord offers His children. Click To Tweet
There are a thousand things we could worry about. My children came with worry. I worried about their choices. I worried about their future. I worried about their health. I worried about their decision making. Until God convinced my heart that worry is wasteful and prayer is powerful.Prayer has the ability to usher in peace where worry wants to take up residence. Click To Tweet
I’ve released restless nights over my children in exchange for peace. And tears in bathroom stalls for the courage to keep trying with others when I’m feeling left out. There comes a point when we have to realize there is a better way.
Prayer can lead us to peace. And trusting God leads us to courage.
My story of three minutes may seem trivial. But let’s consider what I may have lost if I carried worry away from that conference. I may have lost sleep and a friendship. The foundation God established in my heart with His peace could have crumbled if Satan was allowed an opportunity to hold me hostage in worry. Today, I can look Him in the face and say what a friend taught me. “Not today Satan. Not today. Not tomorrow. Not ever.”
I am so over worry. I hope you will join me in trading worry for prayer.