To Worry Or Not To Worry

May 10, 2015
by Rosemary Hagedorn

"Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles; it takes away today's peace." (Author unknown)

My oldest daughter has been undergoing severe back pain for quite some time now. The pain in her lower back is so excruciating, that it has almost crippled her. She can't walk upright because of the pain and has to use a cane to get from her chair to the table. After a few steps, she seizes up and has to recline — half sitting and half lying down — because she is unable to sit up straight.

As a mother, it is so hard to watch a daughter in such pain, trying to walk and unable to do so. Not being able to do something for her is heart-wrenching. If I could, I would take her pain onto myself, but I can't. My focus is not on God and His mercy, but my focus is on myself, and I begin to worry. The "what ifs" flash through my mind, and I feel myself sinking deeper and deeper into despair.

At times like these, though, God intervenes somehow. It may be through a phone call from a friend or a God-sent message through a devotional. God sent me a message through a devotional where the author said: "When we focus our thoughts on God instead of on our troubles, God's peace and presence will reward us as we forge ahead." The only thing that I could do is to pray to our heavenly Father for His help and comfort and that He would direct her to the appropriate doctor/specialist for a proper diagnosis.

1 Peter 5:7 – Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (NLT)

I was able to help my daughter, by doing her laundry, cleaning, and organizing various things in the house. My friend also helped by cooking the meals, so that my daughter could rest and heal.

Today, my daughter is back at work with the help of pain killers. She will be seeing a specialist soon and my prayer is that everything will turn out all right.

Some of us may be going through or will be facing pain, sickness, a loss, or some other hardship. Let us remember that in addition to doctors and specialists, we have prayer partners, our immediate and church families, and friends upon whom we can lean. But above all, we have a Friend Who promises to be with us in all things. His name is Jesus.

Prayer: Lord, God, thank You for always being with us, even though sometimes we think that You are far away. May we place our focus on You instead of ourselves and ask for Your help. Jesus, You said that we should cast our burdens onto You. Help us to remember. Amen.

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Rosemary Hagedorn <rosyhagedorn@gmail.com>
Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Rosemary, You and your daughter are in my prayers. God does wonderful things when we put our trust in him.


    Worrying Does Not Take Away Tomorrow’s Troubles, It Takes Away Today’s Peace – The Daily Positive
    Perhaps this is the source.
    (Florida)


    Rosemary – I shall remember your daughter in my prayers in the assurance that God’s love and healing will give her the relief that she so desperately needs. And I shall pray for you as well because there are times when we can do nothing else but pray.


    Hello Rosemary:
    I can relate to your daughter as my wife has suffered for years with back problems. Two surgeries have helped somewhat, but she still relies on pain pills when she needs them. I pray that the medics will be able to do whatever is necessary to alleviate your daughter’s problems.


    Many thanks for your timely devotional. I undergo lower back surgery this week. I am so glad that your daughter is able to function with pain killers and hope the future brings good results. I do so appreciate your frequent devotionals and this one was a particularly poignant one for me at the moment. We can certainly become self absorbed especially when in pain. HAPPY MOTHER”S DAY.


    Thanks for your devotional and the reminder that we always have a Saviour who watches over us.
    May God grant your daughter relief from her pain and complete healing. May He also bring you the peace of mind that passes all understanding, and may you both give thanks and glory to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ precious name.
    Amen.


    Dear Madam,
    Thanks for the write up.
    It encouraged me a lot.
    I seem to worry a lot n interesting my worries do not even come to light at times.


    Rosemary – your devotional was timely for mother’s day showing how a mother’s heart is affected by her child’s suffering. May the good Lord continue to heal your daughter and grant you both the strength and peace only He can provide.
    Blessings.


    Dear Rosy,
    I am praying for your daughter and friend. Thank you for writing about these.
    May you have peace as you trust.
    God can heal and does.
    Thanks for writing of your need and supply from OUR LORD.
    Keep writing.


    Hi Rosemary,
    Thank you for your devotional. I feel for you indeed, it is always so difficult when one of our loved ones is very ill, and to be in pain all the time must be terrible and certainly discouraging.
    There are times when all we can do is pray that whatever the experts are discovering and are doing is the right thing, it is not always easy and I fail quite often to just give it over to the experts and the LORD!!!!
    My prayer is with you and yours during these which must be frustrating times for you and your daughter.

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