"Just don’t worry about it. Trust God. It will all be okay.”
For several weeks I heard various renditions of this message from well-meaning people at my church. It was during a very scary few months of my first pregnancy; multiple ultrasounds had revealed what looked like hydrocephalus, a debilitating and potentially life-threatening brain abnormality.
Don’t worry? When medical red flags were waving? When there was nothing to do but wait and pray? When my first baby may not breathe a first breath—or may have serious mental impairments? Don’t worry?!
Behind such statements can lie faulty theology—an inherent “just think positively and everything will turn out great” message. Yet Scripture repeatedly shows us that a don’t-worry-magic-wand theology doesn’t hold water. The Bible is filled with mothers who lost children, with lives seemingly ruined, with tragedy and death and heartache . . . and yet—somehow—they still trusted God.
Alongside the “Don’t worry, be happy” platitude that we must reject, there’s also a rock-solid biblical truth. “Do not worry about your life,” our Savior exhorted (Matthew 6:25, NIV). And, “Do not be anxious about anything,” Paul urged (Philippians 4:6, NIV). What does this really mean?
In “When Worry Fuels Your Mind,” Amy Simpson examines these tricky questions as she explores the dangers of a worry-driven life. Amy helps us consider how a Christian can face these challenges differently—even if it seems to go against all our natural instincts. She helps us consider what trust and peace can look like in a world that may seem full of danger and threat.1