say it like it is

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once.
It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time.
Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”

Corrie ten Boom


(My local peter cottontail hiding amongst the grass / Julie Cook / 2018)

Yesterday while scrolling through my reader of blogs that I subscribe to, I came upon the
latest offering by Elihu over on Elihu’s Corner—
‘If you worry about it, You can pray about it’
(full post here:https://elihuscorner.com/2018/05/16/if-you-worry-about-it-you-can-pray-about-it/)

It was a personal reflection about worry— to be more specific, a worry verbalized by
her youngest daughter.
Elihu reminded us that no matter how insignificant a worry may be,
it is always important enough to offer it up to God—
Offering it up to God no matter how small or insignificant that worry may seem outwardly
to others.
Because as we all know, our worries are our worries and it matters not what anyone else
may think…because that worry is ours and therefore it is significant…
no matter what others may try telling us.

But it wasn’t so much the notion about praying or actually petitioning God over a
concern that stood out to me as I certainly already understood that and have always done that.
I know that there are all sort of prayers with one of the biggest being a prayer
of petition.

In the Book of Common Prayer, that ancient Anglican book of instruction dating
to 1549, the following direction precedes the various forms of
petitionary prayers:
The Prayers of the People
Prayer is offered with intercession for

The Universal Church, its members, and its mission
The Nation and all in authority
The welfare of the world
The concerns of the local community
Those who suffer and those in any trouble
The departed (with commemoration of a saint when appropriate)

Any of the forms which follow may be used.

Adaptations or insertions suitable to the occasion may be made.

Any of the forms may be conformed to the language of the Rite being
used.

A bar in the margin indicates petitions which may be omitted.

The Celebrant may introduce the Prayers with a sentence of invitation
related to the occasion, or the season, or the Proper of the Day.

So I certainly grew up understanding the act of putting things before God while
imploring His aid and assistance…
however here, in Elihu’s posting, I had that “aha moment”…
that sudden realization that the act of coming before God with my worries goes well beyond
petitionary prayer… so much so that I’ve now figured out, a peaceful knowing now deep in my bones,
that it’s certainly ok and even perfectly fine to simply let God know, ‘hey, I’m worried’
simple as that…
“I’m worried”

No long drawn out wording of the best way to present a situation before God…
no tendency to lean toward to the begging, the yearning all accented by a
growing and heightened sense of panic…

No formal “dear Lord hear my prayers” is necessary as I would have normally proceeded to
fill in the blank with whatever it was I was offering up…
but rather the revelation here was that, just like I might confide to a close friend or
confident the heaviness of a real concern or worry over some issue or over someone,
here I could simply do the same in the same simple language that I would use with any friend…
with that friend just happening to be my loving Father.

“God, I’m just worried…”

A pretty simple statement I might share with a friend…
A pretty simple prayer I can share with Abba…as in Father…
all because He already knows.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

22 comments on “say it like it is

  1. Lynda Clayton says:

    And telling our Father that we are worried somehow eases the burden. I am blessed to have experienced this as a young person and continue to share with God in this easy and simple manner. Blessings on your day Julie!

  2. This is quite timely for me, so thank you. Sometimes I can complicate what is actually quite simple. 🙂

  3. Elihu says:

    That is one of my favorite quotes from Corrie Ten Boom. I’m looking forward to sharing “The Hiding Place” with my kids when we study WWII. 😊

    Thank you for referencing my post and I love your reflections! In the early years of my life, prayer was limited to formal petitions, yet there are so many examples in the scripture of people laying themselves open before the Lord. Jesus really brought home God’s relationship to us as a Father, and Fathers listen to, love, and reassure. ❤️

    God bless you, Julie.

  4. atimetoshare.me says:

    My prayer lately – You know what I need and You’ve got this!

  5. Tricia says:

    There is a comport like no other in telling God your worries. I believe He wants and welcomes this. He loves to console us and knows we are then open to hearing His wisdom and direction.

    Hope everything’s ok. 🙂

  6. SarahC says:

    love the quote at the top, saw a thing about Corrie years ago. Yes, sometimes the Less we say is actually More, seems like, thanks for shariing

  7. Wally Fry says:

    I needed such a reminder Julie, thank you

  8. Salvageable says:

    I also needed to read this today. Thank you. J.

  9. What a wonderful “aha!” Love this, dear Julie! Sometimes, just acknowledging our worries and fears to our heavenly Father is all that we need do! Thank you. ❤ ❤

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