Matthew 6:25-27 “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?”
We all know what it is to worry. Most of us experience some form of it most of the days of our life. And, most of us also know how debilitating worry can be. Jesus knew this too. He was well aware of what it means to be a human being in this world — and how easily worry can work its way into our heart and ultimately rob us of life. Perhaps this is why he implores us to become reflective people when we find ourselves getting anxious. Specifically, he invites us to reflect on God’s past, steady provision and care in our lives.
• Take a few minutes to reflect on what worry or anxiety you may be carrying. What is its source? How long have you been carrying worry? When do you notice you are most anxious? What can trigger worry for you? If helpful, jot some your thoughts and reflections below.
• Now, take a few minutes to think back on a time when your worry was met by God’s care and provision. Perhaps you were worried about finances, but can now see that you had everything you needed (and perhaps more). Perhaps it was a worry related to a child, but now you can look back and see God’s care in helping this person grow and develop. Perhaps you were anxious about a difficult conversation and got met you in that space to bring growth and/or resolution.
• As you look back on your life, what do you notice about how God’s care and provision intersect your worry?
• What is one step you could take to become a more reflective person?