I am not really much of a worrier. And I would say I am much more optimist than pessimist. But as can happen during the short month of February and when I get a tired from the long days at work, I wear down and my attitude changes. Little problems become BIG problems and little doubts turn to worries.
So yesterdayâ€™s readings spoke directly to the direction my thoughts have been going this past week. â€œCan any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life span?” (Matthew 6: 27).
Under stress our body takes control of our thoughts and changes both our physical and our mental character. And all of our problems, big and small, become â€œthe big one.â€ The problem for which we think there is no solutionâ€”whether it be, health, job, money, or family.
But God has always offered us a solution. â€œTherefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,Â 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 clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,Â yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they?Â Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
â€œSo do not worry and say, â€˜What are we to eat?â€™ or â€˜What are we to drink?â€™or â€˜What are we to wear?â€™ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.Â Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evilâ€ (Matthew 6:24-34).
God promises to take care of us. He compares us to the birds who have nothing, but are always fed. He promises us â€œour daily bread.â€
He says it over and over, time and time again: donâ€™t worry, donâ€™t doubt. I will always provide. I will always give you what you needâ€”our physical needs: food, clothing. And our spiritual needs: comfort and peace. But we must ask, we must trust, and our faith must be in Him.
â€œThough the mountains may fall and the hills turn to dust, yet the love of the Lord will stand, as a shelter for all who will call on His name. Sing the praise and the glory of Godâ€ (Text based on Isaiah 54:6-10).
Our problems are not the â€œbig one,â€ because He is the BIG ONE!
Are you worried? Are you doubting the path your life is on, where your next meal will come from, or how you will find the strength, physical or mental, to get thru the next day.
So I remind myself to stop worrying, stop doubting, because if I canâ€™t take care of itâ€”then God can–because HE is my BIG one!
Dear God: I sing the praise and the glory of your name. Help me to seek You when the doubts in my life turn to worries. Help me to have â€œtrue faith in You.â€ Thank you for the many blessings You have given me in a job that provides me food, shelter, and clothing. Thank you more importantly for my family and friends who love and encourage me. And may I always place my trust in You, the BIG one. Amen.