My wife and I were driving to dinner, I was complaining, then she said 5 words 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 these 5 words:
You are making yourself anxious.
She left me in a dead stare.
I was convicted. I was speechless. I was my own victim. I had nothing. Even my normal quiver of quick-witted comebacks was empty.
I was speechless. She was right. Then, 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 worried about something that probably was not going to happen. Oh, there was a possibility something could go wrong. Anything is possible. But 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 end my self-pity party 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 was weighing on her heavily.
Why do we focus on problems and potential problems with so much to be thankful for? When was the last time you made yourself anxious? How did you overcome?