Long ago, I read about a study group where students were asked to list their worries on a form which was folded and placed in a box. The papers were shuffled, and everyone selected a new list of worries. When they read what others were worried about, most agreed they preferred to have their own worries back. The lesson: We may not want the worries we have, but if we are going to worry, we prefer to have our own.
Worry, also known as angst or anxiety, is a sad state of feeling which can cause ulcers, high blood pressure, strokes, angina, migraine headaches, indigestion, tremors, fatigue, insomnia, depression, diarrhea and a host of other symptoms. It can also lead to alcoholism or drug addiction.
Some of the most often mentioned reasons people worry are appearance, finances, relationships, health and the future. Other reasons noted are the economy, employment, death and responsibilities.
We often turn to God and ask for support and strength when we are worried. The Psalmist, David, sought God’s presence every day, and when trouble came his way, he was ready to meet them. That strength is revealed in one of the earliest solos I sang in church over sixty years ago. Here are just a few words from that song based on David’s Psalm 27:
“The Lord is my helper, and therefore shall I never fear. The Lord is my high tower. In Him will I be confident. The Lord is the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid?”
In those few simple yet powerful lines, David revealed how he was able to confront worry. Like David, may we all face our problems with courage and strength because we have faith and trust in God.