Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. There is more to life than food and more to the body than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither plant nor harvest, they have no silo or barn, yet God feeds them. You are worth so much more than birds! Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? If you can’t do such a small thing, why worry about the rest? Notice how the lilies grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. But I say to you that even Solomon in all his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, how much more will God do for you, you people of weak faith! Don’t chase after what you will eat and what you will drink. Stop worrying. All the nations of the world long for these things. Your Father knows that you need them. Instead, desire his kingdom and these things will be given to you as well. (Luke 12:22-31, CEB)
How many times do we hear don’t worry about that?
But does that help? Usually when I hear don’t worry, I seem to worry more.
But here Jesus says that the flowers don’t toil about how they will look and the birds don’t worry about how their wings will look, so if God cares for the flowers and the birds, we shouldn’t worry about what we will wear or eat, or how we will look.
Well, Jesus that is easier said than done. And it might be easy for you to not worry but it is not so easy for me. There are things I need to get done and people I have to care for. There are people who are depending on me to get things done and to be there for them and I just can’t not worry.
And if you are like me that is how you respond to this reading. But really if we let go and allow God to control the things we think we can control (which we can’t). If God is in control things will go better than we think they ever could.
So struggle with me in not worrying, let go, and allow God to care for you as God does. And allow God to do what God does, provide and love.
Loving People. Loving God.