There is a difference between anxiety caused by things we CAN fix and anxiety caused by things we CAN’T fix. For example, anxiety caused by not preparing for trial is fixed by diligent preparation–right? And preparation which is guided by God is even better than what we can do on our own. When I’ve been prayerful and diligent, I’m bold in the courtroom because anxiety is replaced by the confidence of being prepared for battle; and when I’m lazy–I’m afraid. On the other hand, when I’m anxious over things I can’t control—well, that’s when I must discipline myself to turn the problem completely over to God. Problems like incurable cancer, a broken heart, disaster based upon the sins of others, etc., cause us great anxiety over these things that WE CANNOT FIX! How much anxiety must we experience over things we CAN’T fix before we learn to turn them over to God? If we seek God, He teaches us when to “try” and when to “trust”–or–when to do both! He wants us to be diligent in ALL we do and that’s why the Bible says: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.” (Ecc. 9:10a) Sometimes there isn’t anything we can do except pray and place our burdens upon His strong shoulders. As the Psalmist said: “But I call to God, and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice. Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you.” (Psalm 55:16-17,22a) It’s amazing that God WANTS our burdens! I don’t know too many people like that–do you? There are so many problems over which we have NO control, but there is NO ONE who has more power and wisdom than God! When trouble awakens me in the wee hours of the morning and I begin to be anxious about something–God reminds me to distinguish between what I can fix and what I can’t fix. For the problems I CAN fix, I simply ask Him for guidance and then get to work; for the ones I CAN’T fix, I ask God for guidance and turn them over to Him. What comfort and common sense there is in knowing The Father who gives us the ability to both “try” and “trust!” We don’t need to spend even one moment in anxiety. We simply need to draw close to our powerful and wise Father!