I’m a worrier. I probably worry about everything, or close to everything. Many people don’t know how much I actually worry. Here are a handful of things I worry about.
- How am I going to provide for my family?
- How am I going to put food on my family’s plates and a roof over their head?
- When am I going to have time to complete my honey-do-list and spend time with my kids?
- Where is the money going to come from to pay the bills polling up on the counter?
- Am I doing a good enough at work to keep my job?
- Will I have enough time at work to get complete all my tasks?
These are questions, and many more, that I often ask myself day after day and week after week. I think about how I am going to find enough time and energy to make every person happy in my life.
I want to make them happy. I want to please people and hold up my reputation. I want to prove to everyone that I am someone who can handle all the responsibility and that I am someone who can be counted on.
So, I worry. A LOT!
Do you ever find yourself worrying about these same things? Maybe you worry, but about different things: dating, health problems, family issues, and the list can be endless.
We are a society that worries about every single thing. We have tried to find medications that help us to be less anxious. We’ve tried rubbing oils to see if that’ll help. Many have turned to alcohol and drugs when they can no longer handle the stress of worrying. We all seem to be lost and search when it comes to managing our worries.
What does the Bible tell us about worry? One of my favorite stories in the Bible is found in Matthew 6.
Jesus is talking, in verses 19-34, about money and possessions… and ultimately worrying about these things. He’s talking about how all your things will be eaten by moths or it’ll rust over. He goes on to say that we cannot serve two masters: God and possessions. So we shouldn’t worry. Easy… right?
I’ve heard these points before; over and over. And yet I still worry.
Jesus even says in verse 25, “That is why I tell you not to worry.” But what He says next is the part that rocked my world.
Verse 26: “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns.”
Well, no duh. Of course, they don’t.
I’ve never seen a bird riding in a tractor plowing a field, planting seeds, fertilizing and waiting for the harvest. At least, I don’t think I have. Have you?
Jesus goes on to say in verse 26, “for your Heavenly Father feeds them.” God provides everything a bird needs, day after day. Birds don’t have to worry. They sing all day long because God provides for them.
NOW CATCH THIS!!!
Verse 26 continues, “Aren’t you far more valuable to Him then they are?” In other words, aren’t you, as a human being, created by God in His image, far greater than birds in God’s eyes?
So what makes us think that God wouldn’t provide for us in the same way, if not better, than the birds? The truth is that He will, we just need to trust Him that He will take care of us.
God valued us so much that He sent His one and only son to die for our sins so that we could have a forever life with Him in heaven. Don’t you think He could handle a few problems here in our lives? Don’t you think after that sacrifice that He has a vested interest in us to take care of us when we need Him?
I’ve challenged myself to try something recently. When I begin to get overwhelmed by stresses and worries, I force myself to stop and consider the birds and ask, “Is what I’m worried about to big for God?”
The answer is, and always will be… NO! Nothing is too big for God to handle.
I encourage you to try the same. Take time to pray and thank God for what He has given you and ask Him to help you when you need Him.
Peace and Grace.