Carrying Water in Your Hand

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34 ESV).

Your hand was not meant to hold water.  You just cannot carry more than a few drops in your hand no matter large your hands may be.  God did not give you hands to carry water; your hands were meant other tasks.  Worrying is like trying to carry water with just your hand.  You can hold only so much since your hand was not designed to carry water.  It’s pointless to attempt to move a lake from one place to another with just your hand.

Today’s problems are enough for today; you can hold only so much.  Jesus commands us to trust God and “do not be anxious about tomorrow.”  Worrying about things we cannot control will not solve the problem.  It will only give us misery and upset stomachs.  Although deadlines can motivate us to action, no one every solved a problem or caused it to disappear by anxiety.  There is a difference between the pressure we feel because of an urgent task and the anxiety we feel because of the fear of the unknown.  The first is within our control; the latter is not.  Anxiety does not solve problems we did not create for ourselves.

Learn to let go and let God.  Do not worry about things beyond your control.  Pray the Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity (peace) to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”  Worrying over what you cannot control is not only pointless, but it is also an insult (or sin) to God since he promises to take care of us.  You can’t carry water in your hand.

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