by Terry Stead
I don’t know about you, but the things that stress me out the most are often the little things. Things that, if you put them in the context of things you need to worry about, would be at the bottom of the list. Small problems like burning the toast, the hot water service breaking down or the mess of leaves on the front path. It is often the case that these little things build up in importance and we seem to be forever worrying about something.
Other times it is work that causes the most stress and we carry that worry through to our families and friends, thus causing tension. In some cases our families are often the cause of stress and all our time seems to be taken up worrying about their lives and our eyes are taken off God and focused on others’ problems.
In our minds we know that worrying is not going to help matters, but we do it anyway. I read a story on the internet the other day where a lady was talking to her therapist and said to him, “worrying works for me as ninety-nine per cent of the things I worry about never happen”. Another internet story on worrying is about a man who went to the dentist and left his car in a no parking zone just so he could worry about not getting a ticket, which took his mind off worrying about the dental visit.
Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Matthew give us assurance and hope whenever we are faced with situations where we feel the need to worry.
“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?”
Wonderful and understanding God, we turn to you in times of crisis and ask for strength and calm, but often not for the everyday problems that we worry about. Help us to trust in you and in your promises and take these words of Jesus to heart. Praise and thank you for your continued grace and your unconditional love. Amen.
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