Everyone worries. It is in us naturally to do. We concern ourselves about things that we can’t immediately change. Whether it means being apprehensive about the future or uneasy about the past, or uncomfortable with the present; everyone worries. I would be willing to bet, that as you’re reading this, there is something weighing on you right now. Most Christians will make you feel guilty about it, but the fact remains; everyone worries.
Being a human being is like being a container or a vessel. There is only so much each of us can contain. I’ve been the dummy trying to squeeze 1.3 liters of spaghetti into a liter Tupperware bowl. Sure it fits in the bowl, all the way to the brim; but when I try to contain it, sauce spills from underneath the top. All the spilled sauce is worry.
Whenever you and I try to contain more than our capacity, we spill worry. All of those extra thoughts and concerns hit the floor and make a mess. Worrying can sometimes leaves us so consumed, that we can make a mess out of what life gives us. If only we had a place to take all those concerns that we can’t handle. Of course I’m speaking rhetorically, because there is such a place, indeed.
The Apostle Paul opens a place for your overflow of concern, in his letter to the Philippian church (chapter 4, verse 6); “Be anxious for nothing …” He doesn’t offer this statement as a command, but as a comfort. In other words, he is letting us know that we don’t HAVE to worry about anything; “… but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God …” Our prayer is our spoken or articulated dialogue with God, while our supplications are the yearnings of our hearts. Exposing both of these to the Almighty prevents us from spilling our worry to the floor. God is an inexhaustible container for your concerns, so He can handle whatever flows out of you.
Continuing to worry, without positioning ourselves with God, is a waste of your energy and emotional resources, just like spaghetti sauce on the floor. But when we allow our overflow of concerns to be poured into God’s infinite abilities, the result is peace with ourselves. “…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7, New King James Version).
All I’m really trying to do, is to remind you that God is able to contain your worries. Whenever you feel the urge to spill your worries to the floor, just say to Him, “You got me.” Whenever your portion supersedes your capacity, just say to Him, “You got me.” Whenever you’re tempted to sustain what you can not contain, just trust God and say, “You got me,” and He will, in fact, keep you in His perfect peace.
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“You Got Me” Written by Tariq Trotter, Ahmir Thompson, Scott Storch, and Jill Scott. Produced by The Grand Wizards, and Scott Storch. Performed by The Roots Featuring Eryka Badu and Eve. Released 1999.