Worry Is A Rat

 “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” Luke 12:25

In the middle of the morning, in the middle of the night, even when you don’t think you are thinking about it – there it is – that thing you’ve been worrying about. Worry is a destructive force that never helps solve problems, but adds stress and often hinders finding solutions. Worry is not intended to be a part of God’s plan for your life! 

In his book, “Questions Jesus Asked,” Dr. Clovis Chappell gives this example:

Years ago in the pioneer days of aviation, a pilot was making a flight around the world. After he had been gone for some two hours from his last landing field, he heard a noise in the plane which he recognized as the gnawing of a rat. For all he knew the rat could be gnawing through a vital cable or control of the plane. It was a very serious situation. He was both concerned and anxious. At first he did not know what to do. It was two hours back to the landing field from which he had taken off and more than two hours to the next field ahead.

Then he remembered that the rat is a rodent. It is not made for heights; it is made to live on the ground. Therefore the pilot began to climb. He went up a thousand feet, then another thousand and another until he was more than twenty thousand feet up. The gnawing ceased. The rat was dead. He could not survive in the atmosphere of those heights. More than two hours later the pilot brought the plane safely to the next landing field and found the dead rat. 

Brothers and sisters in Christ, worry is a rodent. It cannot live in the secret place of the Most High. It cannot breathe in the atmosphere made vital by prayer and familiarity with the Scripture. Worry dies when we ascend to the Lord through prayer and His Word. 

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