I used to stress terribly about the unknown, the future, about things completely out of my control. I mean, it consumed me. Doctors appointments, getting poked with needles, sick children, traveling anywhere, meeting new people, going somewhere by myself, big tests, job interviews...you name it, I could figure out some way to worry about it.
I will tell you from experience, that is a terrible way to live! There was never any relaxing. I was always thinking of the next thing to stress about. I had to come up with every worst case scenario and plan for each one so that I would be prepared to handle whatever came my way. Talk about no fun!
I'll admit, every once in a while a worry will still nag me and not leave. And there are some big things in life that can be consuming.
But I no longer sweat the small stuff.
I'm guessing it's been about 7 years ago when I really realized just how much was out of my control. And how much it was all in God's control. When I looked back at all I had been through in my life and how He had handled everything with His mercy and grace, I had to start handing over my worries and my cares.
Now my thought is this: He's carried me this far, so I have no reason to doubt that He'll keep carrying me now.
Which reminds me of a funny cartoon I saw on Pinterest: