Every body has one.
I don’t mean the vertical smile that follows you around. I am talking about a small device in your head, a little engine that is as tenacious as the Energizer Bunny. Day or night it does not stop. The engine is called Mutter, and you are born with it. It has no off switch. But, what most never realize is that it does have a transmission with two gears. It can run in Reverse or it can run in Forward.
Reverse is the default position. The reverse gear is called Worry and if run continuously, it can lead to insomnia, ulcers, heart disease, even obesity. Whoops. When worry is left engaged for too long, it becomes psychotic and normal. Look around next time you are on the freeway. Those angry faces? Those are psychotic.
The forward gear is called Prosperity and it has nothing to do with wealth. Prosperity is well-being, the not lack part of “I shall not lack”. It is a result of making a conscious choice every morning and then simply letting the engine idle while you coast along.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3
So, the word “meditates” in the above scripture is a Hebrew word “hagah”, it means to mutter. To worry is to walk with the ungodly, stand in the path of sinners, sit with the scornful. To recall the words of scripture as you go about your day, to mutter “the Lord is my shepherd” under your breath is to be like a tree planted by a river. Your “leaf shall not wither”, means that you always have fruit in season. Fruit can mean having a good idea when you need one. “Whatever he does shall prosper.”
New Testament counterpart. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God,” even if it is your own mouth muttering.
The bottom line is that Mutter never stops. But you can change gears. You can worry to the point of sickness and loss, or mutter and trust because you have been planted by water.