The Divided Highway of Worry

I traveled from Kentucky to Tennessee yesterday on my favorite route.  I was on I-75 for an hour, then pretty much the rest of the way home on a divided highway – four lanes of traffic – two going one way and two going the other way.

As I drove the divided highway, I thought about the sermon I heard at my parent’s church the day before.  The text was Philippians 4:6-8 and the pastor spoke about living without worry in a chaotic world.  He explained the word, “worry” comes from a Greek word meaning, a divided mind. Just like cars whizzing in two different directions, when I worry, my thoughts are going in the direction opposite of God’s path for my life.

Verse six says to be anxious for nothing – in other words, don’t worry about anything.  The pastor reminded us that worry chokes out the Word of God, as we read in the parable of the sower.

 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. Matthew 13:22

The resolution to worry is prayer.

But in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God, and the peace of God, which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  

In other words, the route has two paths to take, the path of worry and the path of peace.  The automobile that gets us to the path of peace is prayer.  What better views are on the path of peace, than the divided highway of worry!

What has your mind going in two directions today?  Stop right now and pray about whatever situation is on your heart.  The destination of peace is just ahead, if you’ll do that, friend.

Anxiety or peace?  It’s our choice.  Which road will you travel today?

Lovingly,

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6 thoughts on “The Divided Highway of Worry”

  1. Thank you Denise, the Lord knew that I needed this this morning. My heart is so heavy this morning, but I know that the Lord is in control.

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  2. I think the Christmas Season which should be one of joy and expectation often becomes one of stress and worry. There is so much that can get our eyes off Jesus and onto the world! Just last night I found myself fretting over something and realized I needed to get my eyes back on the Savior!!

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