Whistle And Sing Away
“Sing to the LORD; bless His name. Each day proclaim the good news that He saves”.
Have you ever been called a worrywart? Webster's dictionary describes a worrywart as: “a person who tends to worry needlessly”.
M. R. De Haan, M.D. from “Our Daily Bread” wrote about a person who would sing and did not worry needlessly. The story went like this: Mandy was employed by a wealthy but unhappy man. The employee was always humming or singing from morning till night. The wealthy man was annoyed by her happy disposition for he spent the days taking pills while he grumbled about business and worried about his investments.
At last he told her, “Mandy, either stop that exasperating singing or else give me the secret of your happiness”. She answered: “It's no secret! Master, I just do not have anything to worry about, and so I just sing”.
She went on to say that she had no money to lose, so she didn't need to worry about that. The little bit of furniture in her house belonged to the Lord, and if it burned up or was stolen; the Lord burned up His own stuff. She did not worry about her health, for if she gets sick and dies, she is right with Jesus, so she never worries about that. She did not have anything to worry about, but she had to do something--so she just sang.
My maternal grandfather was a faith-filled jolly sort of person who did not worry. He always looked on the bright side of any challenge he faced. During the daytime, he would whistle, or be singing happy little jingles. V. Brock stated: “Sing and smile and pray, that's the only way...If you sing and smile and pray...You'll drive the clouds away”, and that is exactly what my grandfather did his whole life!
Anxious thoughts and worry are a natural tendency for worrywarts. It seems that people often condition their minds to worry first while desperately trying to find a solution to the challenge, and not praying first about everything.
Instead of being a worrywart, Peter reminded God's people they should “Give all...worries and cares to God, for He cares about what happens to you” (1 Peter 5:7). He is big enough to handle every one of your anxious thoughts and worries. In the Book of Matthew Jesus stated: “Our heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern” (NLT).
When you feel yourself slipping back into the role of being a worrywart, make it a habit to first pray, then “sing of the tender mercies of the LORD forever” (Psalm 89:1a). A good way to forget the worry is to begin to sing like the wealthy man's employee, or sing and whistle like my grandfather. It is then that all of God's people can securely say: “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul” (Psalm 94:18 NKJV).
Lord God, thank You for allowing us to cast all our worries and anxieties upon You. Please remind us to sing of your tender mercy and comfort. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington