I’ve never been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), but I know I’ve got some quirky tendencies. For instance, I always turn the opening of a coffee cup lid to align with the seam of the cup. I must look at the copyright date of every book before I can read anything within the book. I also always turn my pillows so that the pillowcase openings face the outside of the bed.
Quirky traits. Not necessarily OCD, but quirky, nonetheless.
Years ago, I watched a documentary on OCD and watched a woman who had to repeatedly check her locks every time she was home alone. She checked dozens of times and the most unique part of her obsession was that she checked the locks in a pattern.
I have had moments where I double-check that I locked the door. Heck, there’s even been times I’ve triple-checked the locks. Mostly out of fear because I’m home alone. I watch too many crime-related tv shows for my own good.
Do you know what keeps you up at night worrying? For me, it’s making sure that I’m safe and sound with locked doors. For others, it might be finances, relationships, health issues, work, or countless other things that could be making your mind work on overdrive.
We’re told in Philippians 4:6 “Do not worry about anything…”
And yet, we worry. Why do we do that? God has promised to supply our every need (Philippians 4:19) so why do we continuously worry?
Worrying creates several problems. First, worry increases our stress. Scripture tells us that we can overcome stress rather than becoming a victim of it. Matthew 6:34 tells us “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” A few verses before that in Matthew 6:27, we read, “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to your life?”
These two passages show us how stress impacts us physically and emotionally.
Worrying creates another problem for us. It makes a scenario where we could begin to doubt God’s promises. Our own stress and worry often leads us to want to “fix” problems ourselves rather than rely on the promises of God that He will always care for us.
It’s a very human reaction to worry. Yet, we should train ourselves to not worry…as much. We need to give these worries to God. It’s something I have to continuously remind myself of…I have to give my worries to the Lord. And then let Him keep them.
Trust Him. Lock your doors and then go to bed. Trust that the Lord will take the night shift.