Matthew 6:27-30 (ESV)
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
I never met my maternal grandfather, but my mom once shared something with me that he would say to her when she was anxious. He would ask, “Is there anything you can do about this right now? If so, then let’s do it. If not, then let it go.”
I think a major milestone in spiritual maturity is being able to take the words of Jesus from Matthew 6 and apply them to our lives when we are going through a major challenge. All too often I find myself unable to stop worrying until I have some kind of plan of action. The problem with this is that sometimes the “action” God wants us to take is to wait on Him.
I’m not saying that we should use this as an excuse for laziness — but there are times when we need to realize that our power is limited. There’s a reason scripture tells us in Philippians 4:6 to pray about everything instead of worrying. We have a constant need for God’s discernment as to whether it’s time for us to take action or show patience and allow Him to move.
The next time you are tempted to worry, ask God to show you if there is anything you can do to improve the situation. If not, just step back and rest assured that He cares for you and is more than capable of handling any problem you’re facing.