About ten years ago, I was in a discussion with a senior friend, I honestly can’t remember why or the precise contents of the discussion. But, I remember something he said to me which I recall with some distinction. He said, “Ayo, you too dey worry”. That’s pidgin for ‘you worry too much’.
He had a point, well, not entirely. One of my stronger qualities is my ability to think. God blessed me with a good mind. And I have served and I’m still serving humanity with it. The quality of my mind is even potentiated by the act of renewal using the word of God. But that’s not even the point of this discussion.
So back to “you too dey worry”.
Yes whilst I had a good thinking mind, and my problem-solving ability is truly first-grade, it sometimes is a big problem. I didn’t like taking chances, I am averse to taking risks. I liked having everything figured out, I was a thought perfectionist if there is anything like that. I was very good at planning stuff, hardly said no to those opportunities and generally, I excelled at them. But at a personal cost. Sometimes I dissolve into anxiety, I lose my calmness and all that. My mind functions best when I’m calm, what I mean is, I can be in the midst of the most pressurizing of situations, provided I sustain that posture of peace, and I let it guard my heart, I can be as stable as an Iroko tree in the face of boisterous winds.
The problem is, sometimes I switch from thinking to worrying when I advance into the spheres of things outside the influence of my thoughts. I keep turning those things over, to no avail and I become more unsettled. When cares come upon me, I set in motion my mind. However, an important part of being a believer is learning to let go and let God. It’s really not nonchalance, it’s a response to the understanding that God cares. The day you understand that God actually and truly cares about you, it changes you. This is not some religious make-belief, it’s the truth, clearly stated by Peter in 1 Peter 5:7
casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].
This ought to comfort you. But God goes a step further. So Paul in writing to the believers at Philippi wrote this:
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
That’s the reality of the believer now. He ought not to strain his mind on his cares, the Lord is caring enough to deal with them. He ought not to let the vicissitudes of life tear him apart, there is a peace that keeps. This is available to all believers if only they would believe.