Do not be anxious about your life

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

In the verses that follow this one Jesus compares us to the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. He tells us that God cares for us more than He does for them and consequentially we should not worry about our needs. Cognitively I think that we all know this. Yet our brains, though much larger and more complex than the birds, seem ill equipped to deal with worry and anxiety. Our brains often contribute to our anxiety.

In times when my mind begins to race about future events and I start playing out the worst case scenarios I find it helpful to pause and lean into my heart. It helps me to remember that trust is something I do with my heart. Leaning on my own understanding only brings anxiety. Leaning into, and trusting with all of, my heart brings peace.

Lord, help me to trust you with all of my heart and not lean on my understanding.

2 comments:

  1. Maybe having a bird brain is not such a bad thing after all...

    There is such freedom in not having to worry about things. There is ice on the road, and my wife is not home yet, but I know that she is in God's hands. No matter what, I am too. Sometimes it is hard not to worry, but I am thankful that I can mix that with a peace that He provides. God is good.

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  2. Bob, I have many things yet to learn in the journey of life in relation to the Scriptures... But I can say, I have learned to be content. One of the things that helped me was a book by Linda Dillow called "Calm My Anxious Heart" ~~Wonderful practical book that I've taught several times.

    This is the my motto ~~
    I am content with what I know...
    And not disturbed by what I don't.

    And this is what I know ~~ God is the blessed controller, and he has assigned my cup...he only puts in it what I can bear.

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