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Worry Is Like a Rocking Chair

Corrie Ten Boom was a prisoner and survivor of Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. If anyone ever had an excuse to worry, it was her. Corrie, her sister, and their elderly father were whisked from their home and sent to Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, “the deepest hell that man can create”¹ because they were caught hiding Jews during WWII. Following are some quotes on worry from Corrie.

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. It does not enable us to escape evil. It makes us unfit to face evil when it comes. It is the interest you pay on trouble before it comes.”

“Worry is like a rocking chair; it keeps you busy but does not bring you farther.”

Corrie Ten Boom’s book, The Hiding Place, had a profound effect on me as a young adult. Her faith and trust in Jesus Christ will encourage you through any trial you may find yourself in today.

Corrie lived her life, before and after Ravensbruck, serving the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].” Philippians 4:6-7 AMP

So many times, people say, “I’m a worrier. I worry about everybody.” It’s as if they think it’s a badge of honor. It’s not! To worry means we are not trusting God. To please God, we must have faith. We must trust Him.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 NIV

If I have learned anything on my Christian journey of 60+ years, it is this: Seek God with all your heart. Love Him with all your heart. Trust Him with all your heart. Obey His Word with all your heart. If you do that, He will take care of everything else.

With Love, 

Cindy

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1The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom

19 thoughts on “Worry Is Like a Rocking Chair”

  1. Very wise words by Corrie Ten Boom, and also by you Cindy. It reminded me of my recent post “Fret Not.” Thank you for your precious words sister, may our Father bless you abundantly this weekend.

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  2. Thanks, Cindy, for reminding us of the futility, and the sinfulness of worry.

    Rocking chairs, though, provide us with many health benefits.
    We bought our first rocker when furnishing our nursery.
    Babies, and their moms are soothed by the gentle rocking motion.
    For seniors, rocking provides a gentle form of exercise, up to 75 calories per half hour.
    I am researching a post on health benefits of rocking chairs.
    President JFK spent time in rocking chairs to help with back pain from a war injury.

    I love rocking chairs, but, by God’s grace, He has trained me not to worry. ⚘🤗

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    1. That is so interesting! I have many treasured memories of rocking my babies. I could never part with that rocking chair even though it is over 40 years old now. Thanks for sharing that info on rocking chairs. Many blessings, Sally!

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  3. I do tend to get anxious about things and the enemy uses that. I was struggling with unnecessary worry yesterday and I had to take a moment and realise what I was doing and I was in turn making this entryway for Satan to completely shift my focus off God. I prayed not for the issue to be sorted but instead took that anxiety to God and allowed Him to minister to me.
    Your post is timely today for me Cindy, reminding me again that only in Him can we find peace.

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    1. It is a wonderful blessing to know we can take our every care to Him, to know that He will give us that peace that passes understanding. He did that for me when my daughter went to Kenya to work in a children’s hospital. She got stuck there for 6 months because Covid broke out right after she got there and all flights out of Kenya were cancelled. The only way I “survived” was because Jesus gave me that peace that passes understanding. I knew my faith was being tested. Did I trust Him or didn’t I? I wrote the post https://realchristianwomen.blog/2020/02/08/is-god-testing-my-faith/ during this difficult time. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Many blessings, Perth! Hugs!

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  4. So very true Cindy. Lately He is showing me that I play a tug of war with Him. I pray, and “say” it is God’s. Then like a child playing tug of war, I grab it and start trying to pull it back. Then God lets the rope go, I fall down, and get all frustrated and confused 🙂 Oh me of little faith. Thanking God that He loves me enough to show me in the simplest of terms.

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  5. Your post immediately caught my attention because of Corrie Ten Boom and The Hiding Place. I read it later than you did, but yes, it is such a profound testimony to the Lord’s powerful work in the life of one woman. You may also like Tramp for the Lord by Corrie.

    Regarding worry: what you wrote is so true, both how people seem to regard it as a badge of honor but actually how it’s evidence of a lack of trust in the Lord.

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