Are you a worried chicken?
“You’ve had a cardiac arrest!” “Cardiac arrest?” asks its friend, “Why?” “Worrying that the sky will fall on her head!” says the doctor as another chicken is wheeled in with the same problem. Worry kills. And we need to work out ways to handle worry before we land up in hospital. What should we do with this killer? Replace it. Telling somebody not to worry doesn’t work. Worry is like an emotional spasm; the only way to break it is to replace it. ‘... Whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things’ In other words, switch the channel! Dissect it. ‘...Fear involves torment...’ Worry torments you; your imagination runs amok, conjuring up all kinds of scary scenarios. But it’s also illogical; when you take it apart rationally and systemically, it loses its power to control you. Rise above it. A well-known person was flying over the Mississippi River one day when the sky grew dark. ‘We can’t see where we’re going!’ he exclaimed. Calmly the pilot replied, ‘We just need to rise above the ground heat, dust and smoke.’ After climbing another 300 metres they emerged into a clear, beautiful world. Corrie Ten Boom called faith ‘the radar that pierces through the fog.’
When worry tries to fog you in, you can rise above it by placing your trust in the Lord. ‘...Those who trust in the Lord...will soar...like eagles...’ Ah! An eagle! That’s what you need to be, an eagle soaring into the sky, not a chicken looking up at the same sky and dying with worry..!