It was Friday night, which meant dinner at Grandma’s house. Little Johnny received his plate and started eating right away. His mother said, “Johnny, wait. We haven’t prayed yet.”

“I don’t have to,” said Johnny.

His mother couldn’t believe what she’d just heard. “We always say prayer before eating at home.”

Johnny explained, “But this is Grandma’s house, and she knows how to cook.”

In today’s world, we worry about everything. All of us love to do it. But how many of us would like to learn how to worry less? Worrying is like sitting in an old, wooden rocking chair. There is nothing to keep you comfortable—no headrest or cushion to sit on.

Just as the rocker is uncomfortable, so is worry. Worry does not do us any good. It is uncomfortable and intensely painful. We may experience worry as a slight distraction or as a force which completely immobilizes us. There is a solution to this problem. It comes through the Word of God, and once we apply it in our lives, then we learn to worry less.

In our reading today, we learned God is in control of the very universe, yet He cares about our everyday emotional lives. Why? Because He is a God Who cares and is with us. It is one of the great things about our God. We can rest assured He will hear our problems and help us with them.

Like little Johnny, who trusted his grandmother’s cooking, we can also trust God to take care of our worries. Determine today to give them over to God, and leave the rocking chair behind.

Every evening I turn my worries over to God—He’s going to be up all night anyway. — Mary Crowley

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder