I don’t know about you but I hate it when someone tells me not to worry when I’m worrying about something! I want to say that it’s easier said than done. I found myself worrying this morning about whether we had enough food in the house and debating if I needed to go out and get some more milk and other bits. That started me thinking about whether we had enough to last us if we have to self isolate or if the government says we can’t go out…..and so my worry increased.
I decided to check my cupboards, and when I did I discovered that I had enough – I had rice and pasta, couscous and noodles. I had some chicken and mince in the freezer and most important of all, I had some Staffordshire Oatcakes (if you haven’t had them they are delicious!) I had forgotten how much I had. I may not have as much in as I normally would but I have enough, we won’t starve.
I was reminded of what Jesus had to say about worry – he says don’t do it! Don’t be anxious! why? Because God knows our needs and worrying about things doesn’t change anything, it just means we focus on the problem rather than on the one who is in control of all things. here’s what Jesus said in Matthew 6
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
So this morning I am choosing not to worry and instead I’m going to focus on what I do have and be thankful for it. How about you?