I can’t remember what made me afraid the last time I felt it. But I am pretty sure I still remember the feeling of being afraid. You can’t move and you can’t think clearly. Fear grabs your focus and paralyzes you. It prevents you from reacting immediately. When we worry, we begin to be afraid and all the feelings I mentioned occur.
God doesn’t want us to worry because when we do we can’t enjoy the good things He is showering us. Worry prevents us from resolving the problem at hand. Worry foils a happy day – we are more afraid than delighted despite the apparent blessings of God and we don’t appreciate the good things coming along our way. Surprisingly, it takes only a single instance of worrying to disregard the bountiful blessings of God.
The apostle Paul exhorted the Philippian church not to worry but instead pray. I love the way The Message Bible interpreted it,
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life (Philippians 4:6-7 MSG).”
What a wonderful reminder! When we worry, pray because prayer displaces our worries and a sense of wholeness (that is God’s wholeness) starts to happen. Worry breaks us but prayer makes us whole again because in that context God is moving. Don’t be afraid, God is concerned!