I worry; you worry sometimes. We all do it.
Back in secondary school, I was a rebel. I always got into trouble with teachers and my seniors. I honestly don’t understand how I managed to be appointed as a prefect.
Nevertheless, I have come to understand that God was showing me the dimension of Himself that doesn’t need perfection from me. His strength is made perfect in my weaknesses. He is no respecter of persons and He uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. (Lol..I had to get deep, that’s my Abba we are talking about!)
So, on one of such occasions of being my stubborn self, I got into serious trouble. The sort of trouble that was very unnecessary and could have been prevented.
As an Assistant Prefect, our Prefect Master had given us strict instructions to make sure no snacks left the dining hall that day. I was so excited because I knew we were going to be stepping on some toes. I was such a trouble maker😂🤦♀️
Just for context, so I don’t lose you, I attended a boarding school in northern Nigeria, and we were not allowed to keep food/snacks or what Nigerians refer to as “provisions”. The school authorities made this decision because they thought it would be an effective measure for curbing bullying.
It turned out that they were right as bullying significantly amongst students. Therefore, as an alternative to keeping provisions in the hostel, the school provided snacks for all students. (Of course, we paid for it, and they supervised the allocation)
On this fateful day, the SS3 students were writing their certificate examinations and couldn’t make it for snacks on time. Hence, they ordered some juniors to collect their snacks and keep in the hostel for them. The school was aware SS3 students were writing exams during at the time so I am certain that if we had allowed their snacks leave the dining hall, it wouldn’t have been an issue.
Anyway, some of my colleagues and I adhered to our Prefect Masters instructions and attempted to stop food from moving out. It gave me great joy to carry out that assignment. We were a bit too radical in our attempt, I must say.
In the process of doing what we were instructed to, we seized snacks that belonged to our seniors from the juniors they had sent and got into serious trouble with them.
A lot went down in the hostel that day. It was a ‘had I known’ moment for me.
I was so worried during that period. I believed I wasn’t going to be confirmed as a prefect since I had offended my seniors.
However the thing that bothered me the most was that I genuinely believed that no one liked me again and the rest of my days in that school were going to be miserable. (Everything I believed turned out to be a lie)
I became so sober, beating myself up over the situation, crying day in and out until I had an inward witness in my Spirit suggesting that ‘The situation I was worried about won’t matter in a few years, and so I must Cheer up!’.
At the time, I didn’t understand that the witness in my Spirit was the Holy Spirit. I didn’t know much about Him until later on in my life.
After that witness and consolation , I picked myself up and moved on. Eagerly waiting for when what was my primary concern at the time won’t matter.
What are you worrying about? Will it matter in a few days? In a month? In a year or even a decade from now?
The assurance from the Holy Spirit, our Helper and Comforter has kept me going despite my several lows. Just knowing that someone is there to walk me through whatever I’m going through and also has intelligence on my future (which is in my favour so long as I align myself to His will) has kept me going. It has given me rest!
I have learnt not to engage worry. Sometimes worry may creep in, but my experiences have taught me to be wiser. Worry is clearly lack of faith. Faith and worry can’t co-exist. They simply can’t!
Worry is a trap of the enemy, and it never yields any good fruit. Worry has cousins and friends such as fear and anxiety, which can limit the power of God capable of working in your life.
Scripture (Luke 12:7) says that ‘the very hairs of our head are all numbered’. Have you ever thought about it? I can’t even take time to count the strands of hair on my head and yet someone else has taken time to number them. Isn’t that amazing? It makes absolute sense to trust such a person, doesn’t it?
But guess what? You can’t trust Him while worrying. So, it’s either you have faith or choose to worry. It is totally up to you.
The Bible also tells us ‘not to worry about our life, what we will eat or drink; or about our bodies and what we will wear’ (Matthew 6:25). The passage goes further to say that ‘we must not worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own’ (Matthew 6:34).
So, I leave you with a few things to think about;
- Would you rather worry about what you don’t have power to change or have faith in the One who possesses sovereign power over the earth and knows more about yourself than you do?
- Secondly, I saw this quote somewhere, and it challenged me. So here it goes,
“If you can trust a puzzle company to make sure every piece is in the box to complete the puzzle, then why can’t you trust God that every piece of your life is there for a reason?”
Thought-provoking quote, isn’t it? Let’s engage more of faith than worry moving onwards.
Worrying isn’t cute. It doesn’t look good on you, it drains your energy and that of the people close to you.
Choose faith today.🌺💫✨