do not fret


Do not fret . . .  it only causes harm. 
Psalm 37:8

Don’t fret.  Who me? 

Maybe I’m sitting around in a group . . .  or talking face-to-face with a loved one or a friend . . . or sending a note by an email . . . or texting a reply . . . or commenting on a post . . .

It seems so easy for me to say, “Don’t worry . .  Just be patient . .  You’re going to get through this . .  Let’s pray about this . .  God’s got this . . .”  to someone else.  

Afterall, that’s what scriptures tell me – it’s what I’ve been taught from the early days of my childhood.  More importantly, it’s the Truth I’ve witnessed over and over again throughout my life.  So why?  Why, when I was led to read Psalm 37 did the phrase “do not fret” jump out at me?  It wasn’t because it was repeated several times throughout the Psalm.  No, it was much more than that.  It was that word . . . FRET.

There was something about that word . . . that word that I’ve heard my mother use from time to time and one I’ve used myself.  But when I looked it up – there it was speaking straight to me.  It was more than just the association with the word “worry.”

FRET: verb (used with object).

to torment; irritate, annoy, or vex: [You mustn’t fret yourself about that.]
You see for some reason, I thought “fret” was just a little bit of a more positive word for “worry.” Positive?

Torment? Irritate? Annoy?  Vex?
 None of those are extremely positive.  So easy to say, but hard to believe when the world is turned upside down and inside out, when things seems to be out of control and life goes awry.
So again, some time for some inner reflection.
[Why the word “fret”? ]  

Do not fret – it only causes harm.

[Because that’s what I tend to do. I fret. I thought I had that “worry” thing under control.]

Do not fret – it only causes harm.  

[Do I allow things, people, situations, to annoy me?  To irritate me? To vex me?]

Do not fret – it only causes harm.

[I’m reminded of health issues, of a time of depression, of hurt relationships, of a spiritual desert.]

When things in life are moving along without hitting  speed bumps or the pot holes – whether big or small – it’s easy not to fret, it’s easy to wait patiently . . . to abide in Him.  But if I can not “not fret” when the speed bumps come, when the pot holes are waiting in the road for me, or when uncertainty is hiding around every corner then I truly am not trusting and resting in the Lord.  And if it’s not working for me, then how can I say it’ll work for someone else?    I can’t. I can not do it myself. 

Worrying always results in sin. We tend to think that a little anxiety and worry are simply an indication of how wise we really are, yet it is actually a much better indication of just how wicked we are. Fretting rises from our determination to have our own way. Our Lord never worried and was never anxious, because His purpose was never to accomplish His own plans but to fulfill God’s plans. Fretting is wickedness for a child of God.                ~from My Utmost for His Highest

So when I fret, I’m telling God I don’t think He can handle my situation.  All my fretting and my worry is me planning without God.  And that will always cause me harm. 

About beegee10

I am a follower of Jesus on the journey of discovering His real, lasting joy through God's grace and thanksgiving. Several years ago, I married my best friend, whom I met in kindergarten many years ago. Life choices took each of us on separate paths, but Divine Appointment brought our paths back together. It's exciting to share this journey with my sweet man - a man who loves God more than he loves me! What a gift!! As a young woman I prayed for God to send a godly man like my daddy to pursue me. I just wasn't listening and abiding when I should have been. Good news in HIS time and in HIS grace, HE did! Not only does my sweet man love me, but he loves my three grown kids as if they were his own. He shares their joys and he hurts when they hurt. I love to hear him pray for each of them daily as we begin and end our days. View all posts by beegee10

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