The other day, I didn’t feel well, and I developed several symptoms that prompted me to visit the walk-in clinic. After talking with the doctor, she decided to do some blood work. She told me to get some rest and not to worry. So, of course, using my “Google doctor degree”, I began researching my symptoms. Several of the possible diagnoses were quite scary, which prompted me to do the exact thing she had advised me not to do…worry.
Later that evening, I began running several of these possible scenarios through my mind. At some point, after I had diagnosed myself with a near death sentence, I finally came back to reality. I had to remind myself I didn’t know what was wrong and all this unnecessary “what if” nonsense was only causing me harm.
Why do many of us spend time contemplating all the “what ifs” in life? I know I allow this to happen in my own life, way too often. Instead of things made up in our minds and planted by the enemy, wouldn’t our time be much better spent pondering the things God has instructed us to think on?
Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
And, when we have concerns, whether they be about our children or our own selves, God wants us to take them to Him. Talk it out and pray it out with Him. Acting out scary scenarios in our minds is not healthy for us and can cause us unnecessary worry, fear, and anxiety. When faced with these things, you can never go wrong by giving it to the Lord and leaving it there. There is an old hymn, composed in 1916 by Charles Tindley, titled Leave it There. I love the chorus of this hymn:
Leave it there, leave it there,
Just take your burden to the Lord, oh and leave it there.
If you trust Him through your doubt, He will surely bring you out.
Take your burden to the Lord, leave it there.
I never want my children to develop unhealthy fears or waste their time worrying over things they have no control over. Since they learn so much from watching and imitating me, it is so important that I be a good example for them and remove these things from my life. I hope they instead learn how to take their concerns to the Lord and leave them there. I pray they always let God handle it and wait for His instruction.
By the way, I am okay. My health issue is something that can be worked through.