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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Therefore do not worry

Our God is not a God of stress. He actually commands us to not worry. Take a soothing breath and read this:

"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 important than food, and the body more important 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies 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, O 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

Our Jesus said that. I keep worrying about a job. And I do need to be searching for one. That's one of those 'troubles of today.' But while I look and apply for them, I need have no worry about getting, not getting, or missing the information for a job that God intends for me to have. I have assurance in God that when the time comes, He'll provide. So I take a deep breath and smile.

But all the time people are telling me, get a job. And if I tell them I am looking and applying, they question what I'm applying to. There's this attitude of, you're not doing enough, you're lazy, you're snobby, you're just not doing enough.

But Jesus says breathe. And don't worry. God provides.

And so when my blood pressure starts to raise-- which it does whenever anyone mentions applying for jobs because I am VERY aware I need one-- I turn to Jesus and breathe. Or at least, that's what I'm trying to do. Sometimes I forget.

And then I don't look worried enough for people. They worry for me and expect me to worry, worry, worry. So if I don't, they assume I am irresponsible and awful.

Grrr.

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