What is really important to you?
I started thinking...
Well, there is my relationship with God... my family... relationships... our animals...
During the Wallow Fire, once I knew my family was safe, I worried about the animals. I worried about the smoke affecting them. I worried about the stress for them. My dad was pretty sure the fire wouldn't get that close, but I was still worried.
It is our human nature to worry, isn't it?
Even when we should trust God in everything. Trusting is not my strong point. Is it really anyone's? We worry about tomorrow; what will happen. We worry about the economy. We worry about the fires, and floods. We worry about our loved ones; we worry about those in our families losing jobs. We even worry about what others think about us.
Worrying is not wrong. Sometimes it is the Lords way of reminding us to pray! It is not wrong to worry and pray about our lost loved ones. According to the Bible, there is nothing wrong with realistically acknowledging and trying to deal with the identifiable problems of life. To ignore danger is foolish and wrong.
But it is also wrong, as well as unhealthy, to be immobilized by excessive worry. Such worry must be committed to prayer to God, who can release us from paralyzing fear or anxiety, and free us to deal realistically with the needs and welfare both of others and of ourselves.
Also, many people are worried and anxious about events that will never actually will happen to them. We need to relax and focus on today. Take life one day at a time.
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matthew 6:25-26 NIV