My Wife Left Me In A Dead Stare
My wife and I were driving to dinner and she said something that left me in a dead stare. I was complaining about someone’s last minute imposition on us and the decision I had to make. I wanted to say yes and I wanted to say no. Maybe someone else could decide. But then I would still have to live with their decision.
I began complaining my wife, “Why does he do this to us? Why does he put us on the spot by asking things of us at the last minute? I don’t know what to do…I don’t want to answer. I’m frustrated. He’s really making me anxious!”
My wife turned to me and said, “You are making yourself anxious.”
She left in a dead stare.
I was speechless. I had nothing. Even my normal quiver of quick-witted comebacks was empty.
The reason I was speechless is because she was right. Jesus’ words came to mind.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matt. 6:34, ESV)
Not only was I worrying about tomorrow – I was worrying about something that was probably not going to happen. Oh, there was a possibility something could go wrong. Anything is possible. However, the probability of something happening was low.
I was making myself anxious over something that was probably never going to happen. I was even missing out on the joy of God’s grace of celebrating another birthday with my wife. In short, I was disobeying Jesus. I was not trusting His word.
God used my wife to stop my self-pity and remind me of His word on being anxious. We enjoyed the rest of the night with a nice dinner. We even had the privilege of praying for our waitress who shared something personal that seemed to be weighing on her heavily.
What is the last time you made yourself anxious? How did you overcome?
About Mark Lamprecht
Mark is a Jesus follower and a Southern Baptist minister writing, preaching, and teaching to encourage believers. He lives in Metro-Atlanta with his wife, a daughter close-by in college, and a house full of dogs. He is available for pulpit supply and is seeking a full-time ministry position. He also founded Pulpit Supply Preachers ministry. Read more...