by Dale Levan
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[a] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV)
Among Mayan believers from Guatemala “worry dolls” are purported to serve the purpose to relieve a person of worry. The tradition states that the one who wishes to be worry free must have six worry dolls close to the bed. Each doll represents a worry that you have been dealing with. The person is instructed to talk to the dolls and to tell them the worries he or she has before going to sleep. If on the next day the worries are gone, the dolls have served their purpose. In Spanish these dolls are called Munecas Quitapenas (Dolls that remove sadness).
I agree that it probably helps some to share your worries, even with a doll, but the Bible’s instruction is to pray. Tell your problems or worries to God. He can and will take them and do something about them. He cares for you. We are told not to worry but to pray. We can’t change the situation anyway.
What are you doing with your worries? What you do with them determines whether you will be truly “worry-free.”