Fear of Forgetting to Worry

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Desert Evening Primrose by God
Photograph by Carolyn McIntyre

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

For many of us, worry about tomorrow is just the tip of that iceberg. Tomorrow is for amateurs — we’ve got a worry schedule that’s months into the future. After all, worrying is a tough job but, by-golly, someone’s gotta do it! And like all tough jobs — if you want it done right… So… we swallow our antacids, clock in as soon as we open our eyes and clock out somewhere in our restless sleep. “Don’t be anxious…” that’s just crazy talk.

Each of us are born into a state of absolute dependence and vulnerability. From that very day, life becomes a stepwise path toward overcoming that vulnerability. Even as children we are acutely aware of our frailty and grasp at anything that helps us feel more secure and autonomous. I believe that there is very little that people are unwilling to forfeit in exchange for feeling safe and in control. It is the obsession of our culture, perhaps our species.

So — having said that — let me tell you a story… Continue reading