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Do Not Worry

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” — Teaching of Jesus from the Bible, Matthew 6:  25-28 NIV, accessed through Biblegateway.com

This should be so easy, but it is so difficult, isn’t it?  From an early age we are taught we must provide for ourselves.  And society tells us we are a “failure” if we do not provide not only the basic needs, but are also not wealthy in the eyes of the world. 

How often do we say “I need that” when we really don’t?  Wanting something because of what it represents in terms of power or prestige is not the same as needing it.  When you look at our country, the United States, how much suffering do we create in other parts of the world by our greed?

Trusting that “God will provide” is not easy.  This is something I know about. I have worried and fretted over not having enough and wondering how we would just survive.  I have tried and tried to find ways to bring in more money, but those attempts only made matters worse.  But I have also seen provision in the form of needs being met in the most unlikely of ways. When I lost enough weight that my clothes no longer fit I worried about being able to afford new clothes.  Then friends started showing up with bags full of clothes.  Let me tell you, God does have a sense of humor.

We have been notified by a state we haven’t lived in for 20 years about “lost money” the Treasurer’s office had been holding for us.  When the grocery budget has been tight sales and discounts have been plentiful. A doctor waved his fee with no mention being made of financial hardship.  I’m sure you have stories like these. These are all ways God provides, but how many times do we overlook them?

Worry is hard on the body and the mind.  It makes us sick. So, isn’t it time to heed the words of Jesus, “do not worry about your life?”

 

Dig a Little Deeper: 

How has God provided for you?

 

We’re All in This Together

When in comes to life in this world we are all in it together.  Our culture doesn’t really want us to believe that right now.  We are bombarded from every side with messages that we must be self sufficient.  There are even people who proudly boast they need no help from anyone.  But truth is truth and it is still out there.  Sometimes it takes bad news to make us see that others are in the same boat.

Yesterday we had our car at the dealership for what we knew could be a serious issue.  We were not prepared for the cost of the repair or the pressure to buy a new car.  I went outside to call my brother.  There are times when a girl just needs her big brother.  Thank you Rod for listening.

When we went back inside a woman who had been in the waiting room with us was at the service desk with tears in her eyes.  She said “looks like you got bad news too.”  She too could not be without a car and wasn’t sure how she would pay for the repairs.  At that moment two total strangers were hugging each other and crying together right there in front of the service desk.  Even though we couldn’t help each other in the tangible financial sense we could offer each other a reminder that we are not alone.

After we arrived home I was again reminded of this important truth.  Offers of rides have come from everyone who knows about the problem.  We have a loaner car while the repairs are being made, but in this case it is the thought that counts.

I didn’t write this Sunday when the car problem developed or yesterday.  I was a mess.  I’m human and I do fall apart.  It took until this morning to re-center myself and remember why we trust that God will provide.  He always does, but not always in the ways we expect.  Sometimes he provides what we really need — like the voice of a loved one on the other end of the phone or shared comfort and hugs with a stranger.  No matter what the world may be saying, never forget, we are all in this together.