Living on the Treadmill

Recently, I’ve been thinking about comedy routines. You may have seen yesterday’s post about “Larry, Darryl, and Darryl.” You can read it here.

The two iconic comedy routines that come to my mind are “Who’s On First?” by Abbott and Costello and that hilarious routine from I love Lucy about the candy factory. You can watch it here.

What makes this so funny?

Here’s what I think. We think it’s funny because “that could be me.”

How many times have you been in a situation like that? How many times have you felt overloaded and beyond help?

Life is full of those kinds of situations. Sometimes they are simply in our minds and our minds overwhelm us with anxiety, fear, and worry.

We all know the little hamster on the wheel. He is running as fast as he can and getting nowhere.

We used to have a treadmill at our house, but I hate the treadmill. I run, but I run outside where I can see something happening. I want to see trees and cars and houses as I run past.

I don’t want to feel like the hamster in the wheel.

God never created us to live in anxiety and worry. In fact, He tells us: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).

Simon Peter encouraged the dispersed and persecuted church to “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Notice the strength of these two passages. The first says not to be anxious about anything–anything–and to be prayerful about everything. It also tells us to be thankful.

The second passage tells us to “throw” our anxiety on God. Isn’t that an amazing imperative command? We can be sure that God will take our anxiety because He cares for us.

I hope you will join me tomorrow when we will talk about how to get off the treadmill.