A massive tree thrived 400 years under severe conditions on Colorado’s Long’s Peak…until a swarm of tiny beetles destroyed it. (Marvin Walker).
These beetles are a good illustration of worry except worry’s ‘tiny beetles’ are imagined, not real.
Worry usually has a basis in fact—difficulties in finances, relationships, health, etc. But bad circumstances don’t destroy us—fear and unbelief destroy us.
And Worry is UNBELIEF—the false belief that God is not enough, that we can’t have peace or joy, that we can’t live under our present conditions. Mine is the voice of experience because I’m often a worrier, an “unbeliever in times of trouble.” Shame on me!
Matthew 6:25 says “do not worry.”
Worry is based on a small view of God and an exaggerated view of our problems. If you are worrying about something today, ask God to help you see the “tiny beetles” for what they are and His great power for what it is.
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011