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?
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?
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
I could be a professional worrier. I used to have an odd believe that crept up on me unawares; I believed that if I worried about something enough, it couldn’t happen. Odd, I know. When my oldest daughter began driving, I worried about her getting in a wreck because of the roads being bad (Montana ice and snow roads) and I worried that she would drink and drive and I worried that someone else would drink and drive and an accident would occur and on and on. Seemed to be no shortage of things I could worry about regarding her driving. There was something addicting and oddly comforting about worrying. Surely those things couldn’t happen because I worried about them enough.
When her car became airborne and hit a power pole several feet up in the air, none of those reasons were the cause. A neighbor chose to check his mail by parking on the wrong side of the road and when my daughter came around the turn, she saw headlights in what she thought was the other lane. She drove to the right of them, right into a power pole.
My worrying had accomplished nothing. Even in my wildest worrying imaginings, I couldn’t have come up with this scenario. I’d like to say I learned my lesson about worrying, about what a waste of time it is, but alas, I didn’t. My worrying had no power to prevent anything. Worry only stole from me. Worry stole my peace and my ability to enjoy the present moment. Worry gave me nothing in return.
“When God tells us in the Bible not to worry,
it isn’t a suggestion. It’s a command.
Worry and/or anxiety is specifically mentioned twenty-five times in the New Testament alone as something we should avoid.”
Apparently God takes this “Do not worry” command seriously and understands our propensity we humans have towards worrying.
Maybe one antidote to worrying is found in this verse in the question – “are you not much more valuable than they?” The more I believe in God’s love for me, the more I can trust in His care for me. I am more valuable than the birds in the air and He feeds them; He will feed me. He watches over them; He will watch over me. He created them and designed them to be unique; He created me and designed me to be unique. He hasn’t turned his back on the birds; He won’t turn His back on me.
Heavenly Father, how gracious You are. You know me intimately. You know the minutes, OK the hours, I spend worrying when I could be talking to You. You have proven Your love to me over and over again. Please forgive me for the times I allow worry to preoccupy my mind and my time and my affections. Thank You that my life is in Your hands and You lovingly watch over me and mine. You are truly a good God. Amen.