I couldn’t believe it when I saw it, but it was happening before my own eyes. My wife had picked up a 50-lb. block of salt and was going to carry it down the stairs to our water softener. I couldn’t let her do that, and so I told her I would carry the salt block. After lifting the heavy block, I realized she was doing a much better job than I was at carrying it.

This experience made me think about the way our worries can weigh us down. Some of us worry about everything — what will the weather be like today? how am I going to get through rush hour without being late for work? what will my co-workers think of my new promotion? how can I ever face the boss after I messed up the other day? what does So-and-So think about me? and how should I respond to this person who doesn’t like me?

There are many things we have on our minds each day. Some of these things we can control, but most of them we can’t. God, however, is in control of everything. He alone knows what the future holds for us. It doesn’t make sense for us to carry our worries with us when we can bring them to God.

One way to quit worrying so much is to turn our worries into worship. This reminds us of what God can do. The next time you’re worried, try praying something like this, “Lord, I don’t know what to do in this situation, but I’m grateful that You’re in control. I trust You to bring me through it.”

There will always be plenty of things for us to worry about. Let’s roll our worries upon God so we can have peace. He can carry them much better than we can.

Many a professing Christian is a stumbling block because his worship is divided. On Sunday he worships God; on weekdays God has little or no place in his thoughts. — D. L. Moody

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder