I scratch my head and wrinkle my nose and wonder…
How many times do I need to be reminded of this?
Worry is not the same as caring.
It’s a proven fact. I have the stories and heart scars to show for it…
My preference is to fix. And until it is fixed, I worry.
Because I am afraid that if I stop worrying, what I’m really saying is…
I’ve stopped caring.
How very silly is that.
When I dig deeper into this muddled way of thinking, I see that it has more to do with fear than caring.
Fear that God won’t show up.
That He will forget about the situation that needs to be fixed. Right. Now.
That He won’t fix it.
And that it’s up to me to stand guard over the situation, wringing my hands, thinking about nothing else, to make sure that doesn’t happen. Because I care.
And again, how very silly is that.
We can’t worry and live in faith at the same time.
How grateful I am that God shows up with Patience and Grace when I get into one of these fix-it-worry moments. He knows my heart. He knows how much I care. And He sometimes gently and sometimes not-so-gently takes me back to the place of Faith.
We can always trust His timing. His ways. His presence.
And that’s why we can stop trying to fix. Stop worrying.
That’s why we can care very, very deeply about a tough situation and still live in Joy.
That’s why we can live outside of the situation, enjoying all the Good Things that are surrounding us…even when the situation hasn’t changed.
This is not a small deal, My Friends. It’s a big one.
We have two choices today:
Live in worry or Live in faith.
We can’t have it both ways.
I’m choosing Faith.
And the Caring will still be there.