Worry and Hope

I’ve heard about the downside of worrying, like what Newt Scamander said in the movie Fantastic Beasts, “Worrying means you suffer twice.” Or how worrying prolonged your suffering to start earlier than it should. Or how worrying makes you suffer for nothing when in the end, the bad you imagined didn’t happen.

Then recently, I heard the flip side for the first time. Bill Johnson in his sermon said, “Hope gives us permission to enjoy the breakthrough before the breakthrough comes.” Wow.

I was worrying about something. And that worry opened up a can of worms. Anxieties about what to do and fears of what might happen mounted. I even blame myself for making that bad decision.

I prayed about the situation when God simply asked me to enjoy the (event that is going to happen). Let go and go into His embrace. Let go and enter His rest. I don’t need to be so stressed over the preparation. He will plan and take care, I just need to enjoy that future. And in the meantime, rest in His rest and hope in Him. That it is going to be much better than I expected, even perhaps a miraculous journey.

Seek Him, and do not worry.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:33‭-‬34

Seek Him to cast my heavy burden of worries unto Him, and in exchange, carry His light yoke of hope.

Joseph Prince Devotional Calendar (saw this the night after I published this post)

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28‭-‬30

I can do that exchange because His grace is sufficient for me.

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