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Topic: Curiosity Killed the Cat (10/10/13)
- TITLE: Curiosity or Care?
By Lisa Hudson
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...Helter skelter, hang sorrow, care will kill a cat, up-tails all, and a pox on the hangman.**
If I try to understand this line, I believe it means that one can worry themselves to death, and save the hangman the trouble. The article goes on to decipher how the modern phrase came about, but I kept going back to the original thought, perhaps translated as “Worry can send one to an early grave”. Right? I have heard my elders say this before, and even the scriptures state that we won’t add any time to our lives by worrying (Matthew 6:27).
“Curiosity killed the cat” to me, is simply stating that if we snoop into places we shouldn’t, we will regret it. Good saying, with a good meaning, but it doesn’t pack that same punch as the idea of too much worrying having the potential to kill us. I believe my mother worried herself to death. I know of many others who have done this very thing. I myself, have a tendency to worry about things, knowing full well that none of my worry will change or alter what is to be.
The Lord has been teaching me some hard lessons lately, but the most significant, and most difficult lesson for me has been, “Not my will, but Thy will be done”. I have worried about my grandchildren, whether or not their single mother will be able to handle what comes at such a young age. “What if she leaves her medicine where the toddler can reach it?” or “What if she doesn’t hear the baby crying?” I have laid awake at night thinking about these things. I know many mothers and grandmothers have done this, but I am relaying the lighter worries that I have been going through to make a point. These thoughts are nothing in comparison to the ‘real worries’ I’ve had, but there is not enough room in this article to detail all of them. The Lord knows.
Just as He has allowed these tough lessons to take place, He has allowed me to feel the joy that comes with the freedom of knowing He has all of this in His ‘care’. Just knowing that no matter what I think or worry about, it won’t change His will in any way, shape or form. I have no control over this, so what is the point of worrying? I have come to a place where I know all I can do is trust that He will do what needs to be done, or undone, and I can claim His promises that He loves me and cares about what I care about. He knows the little ones need extra protection, and I believe He will provide them with just what they need. Not only because He loves them, but because He loves me, and hears my every prayer.
The most important lesson I have been taught, is that I must take each day as it comes. I know this is so cliché, but it is so true. If I start to think about what may be next week, or next month, the worry floods my soul like a tidal wave. I have to tell myself daily, “If it isn’t a part of today, let it go.” I wake up each day and in my prayers, whether it be in regard to work or family, I ask that God keep me from worrying about tomorrow. I know I am not promised tomorrow, yet if I worry about it today, and tonight He chooses to call me home, I have wasted this day.
It is easier to write this down in words, than it is to live what I know to be true, but I do believe I am on the right track. He’s teaching me well, and I can only pray that I am a worthy student. “Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)
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