I am a perennial worry-wart. I worry over almost anything and everything. But most of the time, especially now that I have my own family, I worry about the future. Who wouldn’t? The future is uncertain and uncontrollable. No matter how one plans for her future, no one can be totally sure whether things will unfold according to the plan or whether the plan itself will even work out in the first place. Worry is not unusual. In fact, it may even be the norm. But it isn’t Christ-like. It is then perfectly understandable why Jesus kept discouraging us from worrying:
“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?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25-34 NIV)
Instead, Jesus taught us to substitute worrying with praying. I have heard it said that if you know how to worry then you certainly know how to pray. Isn’t that a practical (and more productive) approach to worrying?
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Of course, Jesus does not always promise us deliverance from the things that cause us to worry. What He assures us, though, is that if we are in Him, we will always be safe. I love this word: safe. Safe means freedom from danger, pain (emotional and physical), shame, false teachings, worries of the earth. Being safe with Jesus means that no matter what goes our way, we will always have Him — the God who is in control of the universe, the God who knows our name, the God who has numbered our days.
“My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.“ (John 10:29)
Oh, what a lovely thought! ♥