My senior year of high school, I sat in my statistics class waiting to take a test. Looking down I noticed someone had written some answers to the test lightly in pencil. I grabbed my pencil, flipped it over and began furiously erasing for fear my teacher would see what was written and think I planned to cheat.
My friend in the desk in front of me asked what I was doing. When I explained the situation, she laughed at my fervor and responded with, “Yeah, you better hurry up and erase that before the teacher sees it and he kicks you out out of class, fails you, the school suspends you, your boyfriend dumps you, no college will admit you and you end up lonely and jobless for the rest of your life.”
I couldn’t help but laugh….
My friend knew I had the tendency to worry and her ridiculous projection lightened the mood. Yet so many times we go down the same road of ridiculousness. We have an off day and all of a sudden we’re catastrophizing it: imagining the problem is much bigger than reality dictates and fearing the worst for the future.
Yesterday was an off day for me and I struggled not to think the worst. This morning I’m still struggling. But I know I have a choice. A choice to let the struggles of yesterday (and the promise of struggles today) just be. To work through them without making them bigger or stronger than the One who cares for me.