WHAT DO YOU MEAN, I’M OVERREACTING?!?!?!?!?!

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One night several months ago, my husband jostled me awake. Our then 2 1/2-year-old son was in his arms, wailing with fright, and my husband looked about ready to cry, too. Well, not really, but he did seem…concerned. (read: scared)

“Didn’t you hear the noise?” Although he didn’t say as much, I knew he suspected someone had broken into the house. In other words, he needed my brain and muscle. (okay, moral support)

With pounding hearts, the three of us slunk downstairs to investigate. Our place isn’t that big, so we quickly concluded nothing seemed out of order. (nothing that wasn’t so before bedtime anyway…we do have kids)

So, we went back to bed, hoping we would still be alive in the morning.

The next day, alive but dead tired, I slide open the shower door. And on the shower floor I find the culprit, the reason we only hours earlier feared for our lives and property.

A plastic razor holder.

The suction cups keeping the razor holder on the shower wall had failed, making the holder crash to the floor. Add shower acoustics, and you’ve got a recipe for LOUD.

I should have known: It wasn’t the first time the unreliable razor holder had scared us half to death by pulling that particular stunt.

We may have overreacted just a tad at the noise, but in this particular instance, we could at least blame our primal fears for kicking in to protect us from harm. Had we discovered the source of the noise right away, the boost of adrenaline would have helped us fight that razor holder or flee from its plasticky claws.

Primal fears aside, we sometimes overreact to events without any clear evidence that disaster will follow. Like Chicken Little, we see an acorn tumble to the ground and conclude the whole sky is falling.

What if the recent changes in company policy will eventually lead to my getting laid off? Why can’t I solve this math problem – I’m the stupidest person to walk the earth! Why are you raising your eyebrow at my hat – you think it makes my feet look big, don’t you? DON’T YOU??

Now, I’m not saying we shouldn’t react to what happens to us. That falling acorn may not mean the sky is falling, but maybe the old oak tree needs some pruning. Or maybe we need to start preparing for winter.

But rather than overreact and stress about things that may never come to pass, wouldn’t we do better to take a deep breath, control what we can, and leave what we can’t control to God? And trust that we, with his help, can handle anything that actually does come our way?

As it says in Romans 8:28,

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…”

And in Philippians 4:13

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

In other words, we would have totally ninja-ed that plastic razor holder.

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Comments

  1. Haha, that razor holder wouldn’t have stood a chance! Thanks, girl!

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