“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? Matthew 6:25
After telling us that our heart will be where our treasure is, and that we can’t live with divided loyalties, Jesus now commands us to not worry. To not worry about anything.
I don’t do it as much anymore, but I spent much of my life obsessively worrying. I learned it from my Mom, who often recounted the time a professor told her, “Grace, you worry about everything. You worry about whether or not the sun will come up. I assure you it will without your worrying about it.” Mom lived 85 years, and they were more adventurous, full of more experiences, more replete with knowledge and even faith than anyone else I’ve ever known. Through most of them, though, she worried. About my sister and I; about our dad, her husband; about making ends meet; about being somebody; about things I don’t even know about. Maybe she even worried about the sun coming up.
My favorite way of looking at Jesus’ words here is from Psalm 136. Maybe He had that in mind when He said them. All through that Psalm, a recurring refrain says, “His love endures forever.” Psalm 136 is known as “The Great Hallel.” Quite likely, it is the same hymn the disciples sang at the Last Supper, just before they departed for Gethsemene. The psalm begins and ends by saying “Give thanks to the Lord,” with the first verse talking about God’s goodness, and the last talking about His dominion in eternity. Then that refrain appears, completing every thought, every new praise. He who is good is good forever. Give thanks to Him because of that.
That means we don’t have to worry. Jesus said so. He guaranteed it and He is our treasure.
The older she grew, the less Mom worried; that’s a function of aging. You learn you don’t have to worry about most things because you’ve already seen a lot of what life can throw at you. In her later years, she also spent more time studying her Bible, going to Bible studies, serving where she could. I believe that’s the reason why she worried less: she got closer to the Lord and let Him take the worry. That made all the difference between a life of experience and an experienced life well-lived. The sun rose and set regardless. At just the right time, which only God would know, she learned that His love does indeed endure forever. That the worry was just foolery. And that dwelling in the House of the Lord forever meant more than all the worry ever could.
For more reading: Job 38:41, Psalm 23:6, Psalm 104:21, Psalm 136, Psalm 145:15, Psalm 147:9, Matthew 6:26
Lord, bless You for teaching me to turn all my worry over to You.