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.