I'll admit I had to "Bible Gateway" search to find the reference for the above verse.
God has been dealing with me about worrying for quite some time now. (The bold is my opinion of how God is viewing my progress in the lesson He is trying to teach me.) I'm stubborn and hard headed and I think I can do it all by myself. Anyone that knows me well can attest to that...and then some. I think I'm finally getting it though. I freely admit that I teeter on the line the crosses over into "Burn Out" most of my days. Is it my fault that my plate is too full? Yes. Can God use it for His glory? Absolutely. I am slowly weeding out which items that I have taken on that are expendable. In the process, I am learning about my limits and most importantly about my priorities.
I have ALWAYS been a worrier....I am talking from the beginning of what I can remember. It has taken it's toll on me emotionally, physically and spiritually. I don't believe that God wants me to worry anymore. I actually don't think He EVER wanted me to worry, but what's past is past and all we have is our future. I want to make the best of my future.
As I write that, I am reminded of the old saying, "This too shall pass". I think of it mostly when I am having a hard time with something and I want it to pass quickly, but it has a flip side. The good stuff passes too. Nothing lasts forever. I too often find myself having to enjoy a moment in history in my memories because I didn't embrace it fully as it was happening.
Do I think this is going to be an easy road? No way! I am trying to alter a personality trait that I have lived with for over a quarter of a century. Can I do it alone? That would be another No way....but I believe that the Lord will carry me through. I will be victorious through Him!TWICE in the New Testament, the same story is told regarding worry. This is what Matthew says:
25"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? 26Look 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? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[b]?
28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If 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? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Then the story is told again in Luke 12. It's like God is saying, "I know My people are going to have a problem getting this....so let Me say it again." Obviously I'm not the only obstinate person that God knows.
My new motto is going to be this: "Work like your working for the Lord and He will take care of the rest." I will do the absolute best I can, and then I'm going to let it go. I will hold strong to the fact that He knows the plans He has for me and I can trust in Him.
I have some mighty prayer warriors on my side and I know they have played an essential role in my keeping a semblance of sanity all these years. Thank you to my Granny, Grandad, and Mom. I love you.