Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
~Psalm 55:22, NLT
Our problem in America is not with atheists or pagans who are consistent in their unbelief; but with believers who are inconsistent with their belief.
Whereas it is impossible not to worry some, it is a sin to let worry control us and make us it’s slave. The basic sin of worry is in our unbelief. If we worry about God’s love and protection it means we are not fully trusting His word or Him. All worry is rooted in fear and unbelief. I read a story in STREAMS IN THE DESERT that really spoke to me and I wanted to share it with you.
A certain mother was a chronic worrier and no one is the family could seem to help her. Her anxiousness hindered her rest and she was negative and unhappy. One morning when her son came down for breakfast, he noticed a change in his mothers face; she was smiling and seemed very happy. “What on earth happened to you?” He said. His mom replied, “I had a dream last night, I was in a crowd of people walking down a road. Everyone in the crowd was unhappy and unpleasant. Then I noticed, all of them were carrying back pack. I didn’t know what was in the back packs but draped all over the back packs here these heinous creature that I supposed were some kind of demon. One by one they were pulling folks down. People were falling right and left but up ahead I saw this man with a bright and loving face, He was comforting people and telling them to cast off the back packs. When He got to me, I looked up at Him and I told Him how tired I was from carrying these burdens. He smiled and said, “My child, I did not give you these burdens, they are dragging you down, you have no need of them so cast them on me. Then He reached out His hand and touched me and that is when I woke up. When I woke up this morning, I felt like my burdens were gone: He took them.”
The dream stuck and the lesson took: this mother lived the rest of her days happy and free of worry. As C.S. Lewis says, “We are now in the egg stage; we are restricted and earth bound but the potential of flight is in us.“ Even now on this earth we must learn to soar. We must rise above the mundane cares of this world; we must rise above the traffic. We will never soar like the eagle with all these burdens on our back: the weight of them will pull us down to earth.