Monday, September 21, 2015

Saying Good-bye to Worry

"There's a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall,
                                           and the bells in the steeple too.
                                     And, up in the nursery an absurd little bird,
is pooping out to say Cuckoo."

It's a song from my favorite movie/musical, of course--The Sound of Music.  How can anyone forget it?  Strangely, it popped into my head as I was grappling with my issue today.  We will call this issue:  "that thing."  There was a phone message left.  A returned phone call made and message left.  I just barely caught the 2nd call.  Of course, not what I wanted to hear and left dazed, in denial, sad, worried and stressed.

It's interesting how something can sound sad even though it may not be, like the clock in the hall or the bells in the steeple.  Maybe it is just a warning or a alert to something.  But, that little bird that pops out is the one I want to smack!  He is just obnoxious and absurd creeping into my brain telling me, "You need to worry.  This is a big deal and what are you going to do about it?"  He is the one trying to make me go cuckoo, even when I know better.

I opened Facebook a little later and was immediately reminded of the truth.  A dear woman was led by God to post something that reminded me again about what I needed to do. The truth lies in the next section of the song.

"Regretfully they tell us, but firmly they compel us 
to say good-bye...."

The truth is I can't do anything about "that thing."  All I can do is give God "that thing" and let him work it out.  I am casting my cares on Him because he cares for me. (1 Peter 5:7).  I am saying good-bye to "that thing" and I am not going to worry about it.  Good-bye cuckoo bird whispering in my ear. Fly away and be gone.

Jesus asks-Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  Matthew 6:27

The answer is no.  So, my action plan is to say good-bye and pray trusting that God has "that thing" in his hands.