Letting Go of Worry

I love the part of Kristene DiMarco's song "It is Well" that says, “Let go my soul and trust in Him; the waves and wind still know His name.” I’m in control of my soul, and I’m commanding my soul to let go of all the worries that I might be concerned about…and trust in Him. The Lord is trustworthy. The waves and winds obey His command. He’s in control of everything, so I don’t have anything to worry about.

Let’s talk about worry. I think we worry a lot more than we realize. The Bible says that we shouldn’t worry and that we can’t even add a single hour to our lives by worrying. So worrying doesn’t do any good—it actually only does us harm. Worrying adds to our stress. But it’s hard not to worry! One of the things that I worry about the most is: Am I going to mess it up? Am I going to speak the right words? If kids’ lives aren’t changed, is it my fault? Am I going to be able to take care of all the things that go wrong? If there’s an unexpected problem, how do I fit that into the schedule? What if this happens, or what if that happens? I have opportunities to worry every day.

But God is trustworthy. What if we truly worried about nothing? What if we totally trusted God with our mistakes, with our successes, with all the things that we have to do, and with all the bad things that might happen to us? What if we just KNEW that He was going to take care of us, and that even if it hurt, even if He slayed us, that it was going to be good?

I would encourage you to ask the Lord to show you when you’re worrying. I think you’ll be surprised how often it is happening.

Now, to not worry and to not care are not the same thing. There are people who just don’t care. But to care and not to worry—that’s the trick. Because you can be apathetic and not care about anything. You can just turn it off and not feel and not care, and then you don’t worry. But we’re supposed to care. We’re supposed to be concerned. He wants us to have hearts to love and care about others. To care and not worry is hard. But there is freedom in not worrying. It’s indescribable the peace you can have when you don’t worry. When you just say, “OK. There’s another issue with the golf cart. I found a water leak. There’s laundry to do. I don’t know how it’s all going to work out. I don’t know how it’s going to happen. I know we have some seriously emotionally disturbed kids this week and I know there’s going to be issues, but God’s got this!”

The wind and the waves know His name. He said let there be light and there was light, and that was before there was a sun or a moon or stars. He’s got it! So I just constantly remind myself—I command my soul, “Let go and trust in Him. The wind and waves still know His name.”

There’s nothing that we need to worry about. Jesus said that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. It doesn’t mean He doesn’t have hard work for us to do. But if we’re not carrying the burden for it, if we’re just obeying Him and not worrying about it, if we’re just trusting Him and following Him, then there’s no heaviness to it. There’s no burden. There’s no worry. There’s no fear. And that is a beautiful thing.