Why Worry and Toil and Spin, When God Will Provide?

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God Will Provide Article

I try not to worry about the future—so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

Tom Wilson

Like most Type A’s, I take the responsibilities in my life very seriously, and I tend to worry a lot about them. But I have since learned that this is foolish.

Over the years I have worried a lot about my little doggie, Munson. He is getting quite old (he just recently turned fourteen) and has many health problems. Yet even when he was younger I worried about him. I have recounted to my wife Elaine the many nightmares I’ve had over the years that involve Munson dying. I once dreamt about him and me being in the apartment of a high-rise building, only to have him suddenly jump out a window! I saw myself panic and run down the stairs in a futile attempt to save him. I woke up in a cold sweat. In my dreams, Munson has died by falling down an elevator shaft, being burned in a fire, and other similarly painful and tragic endings. In typical Elaine fashion, she responded to my revelations by saying, “Oh, poor Munson. I’m glad he doesn’t know how many awful ways he has had to die to alleviate your anxiety about him!”

The reality is that Munson has lived a long, comfortable existence and is doing extremely well for his age. In spite of his recent health issues, including a dangerously enlarged heart, he is not in any pain and is enjoying life. All of my worries have been misplaced. God has provided extremely well over the years for precious little Munson.

In the last year or so, I have been worried about Elaine if something were to happen to me. Is she adequately provided for? I have worked hard to help keep us set financially. But what about emotionally, and lifestyle-wise? I’ve worried that if I were to die, she might not be comfortable continuing to spend her winters in Naples, which I thought would be a shame. I wanted to think that she could continue to enjoy our home there if I were gone.

Then, in just the past couple of months, two of our closest friends and their significant others bought second homes in Naples, in buildings right next to ours! What good fortune! Bob and his fiance Ellyn are great friends and really cool and fun, and Elaine and I have known Bob for over 30 years. Bob’s twin brother, Roger, who is also a phenomenal guy and great friend, and his sweetheart of a girlfriend, Lynn, are also new neighbors. Along with my sister being in Naples, I now have no concern that Elaine has great friends in Naples that will make spending the winter here as comforting as a warm, cozy blanket.

Have you likewise spent time and energy worrying about things that God had well in hand all along, such as your career, your children, your health, or just some unexpected obstacle that presented itself?

When I think about my needless and useless worry over all these years, I can only help but think: Oh, Ye of little faith!

About the Author ()

TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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  1. Tim McIntyre says:

    You’re right, Sharon, that’s why I struggle with it every day!

  2. Karin says:

    God help you with your new neighbors!!! LOL

  3. Lynn Crotty says:

    Elaine is in good hands my dear friend. Lately, I have been counting my blessings. I am thankful for are the new and old friendships that I continue to embrace and nurture including you and Elaine and your family, Bob and Ellyn and of course my Roger. The challenge for me is in quieting the mind in order to fully embrace the moment and take in all that I have to be grateful for while setting aside the anxiety that will surely be there waiting for me tomorrow. As Sharon commented “easier said than done”.

    • Tim McIntyre says:

      You have been a blessing to all of us, Lynn. I have also suffered from terrible anxiety my whole life, you are not alone! We get through these struggles together, by being there for each other. Thanks for being such a good person and friend.

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