My three-year old son Joshua made it past the gate and tumbled down the stairs the other day, bumping his head on the way down.
He turned out okay (nothing a bag of frozen peas and a little ice cream couldn’t fix) – but as I was driving him to the hospital, I realized something.
There had probably been a dozen things that I had been worried about over the course of the day. Mostly little stuff, and a couple of bigger things. But at no point did I worry that my son would fall down and bump his head. As it turned out, all the things that were stressing me out were imaginary scenarios that didn’t happen. What a waste.
We made some changes after Joshua and I came home from the hospital. We added a second gate, and put a big thick ‘landing pad’ under the rug at the bottom of the stairs. Joshua also learned the hard way that he always needs Mom or Dad when he wants to use the stairs.
Many times, I won’t be able to predict the things in life that are really worth worrying over. I should, of course, take precautions and preventative action (that’s why we had a gate on the stairs to begin with!) but to spend time spinning my wheels, walking through imaginary catastrophes in my head… it feels like I’m putting everything on my own shoulders, rather than trusting God with our future.
When I put my worries into His Hands, I’m keeping the door of communication wide open. And the more I talk with God about my concerns, the more I trust that He’ll take care of things no matter what transpires. Sometimes, bad stuff will happen whether I’ve stressed about it or not… but I can be assured that no matter what, God is in control, and He doesn’t want me to worry.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6 - 7