Recently during the five-thousandth viewing of The Empire Strikes Back, my almost-eight-year-old-son said, “Oh my gosh, why does 3PO worry so much?” Music to this mama’s ears.
C-3PO is a protocol droid designed to serve humans in the Star Wars saga. While a loyal servant to his Master, he worries a lot. This got me to thinking about how much I worry, or not, and if my kids pick up on that. One thing I know, if I do it chances are they will learn it and model it. I don’t want that.
What does the Bible say about worry?
- Worry is the opposite of Trusting God. (Matthew 6:31-33)
- Worry does not help you. (Matthew 6:27-29)
- Worry is counter productive to prayer. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Worry is telling God He is not in control. Trusting God through prayer eliminates worry, and that’s what God expects of us. Anything less is sin.
As I write this though, my dad is having a serious surgery to remove a deadly disease. His battle with Cancer has strengthened my relationship with the Lord, and increased my faith, proof that God brings beauty out of ashes. Still, I battle
worry sin almost by the minute during extreme stress. I do not want to disobey God, and I do not want to be a C3P0. God gives us reason after reason to trust Him. I constantly remind myself of these things when I tend to worry:
- God is trustworthy.
- Prayer negates worry.
- God cares deeply for each of us.
The Bible tells us to “give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you,” (1 Peter 5:7). Thankfully, my Master knows my needs before I do. And while I struggle to remember this, I am grateful for the reminder that he cares deeply for me! Not only do I want to obey the Lord, I want to lead my children by example. Worry only creates more harm. Prayer creates trust. How can you beat that even if you are a droid?
“Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.” (Proverbs 31:28-29)