Posted by: raisingmustardseeds | March 3, 2009

Mrs. Worry Wart

Therefore I say to you, do not worry 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?

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns;
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of more value than they?

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
“So why do you worry about clothing?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow:
they neither toil nor spin;
and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory
was not arrayed like one of these.

Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is,
and tomorrow is thrown into the oven,
will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

“Therefore do not worry, saying,
‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
For after all these things the Gentiles seek.
For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about its own things.
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

                                                  Matthew 6:25-34 (NKJV)

“O you of little faith”.  Ouch, that was painful.  The Lord used this passage today to gently rebuke me for my worry-wart tendencies.

We are very quickly coming to the end of MS dad’s parental leave (in June) and we are still helplessly clueless as to what he will do with work – whether to go back to his current company, or to move on.  All these months, I’ve been spouting some of these verses to MS dad, yet deep down, I was getting antsy, playing out all kinds of scenarios in my mind.  I was not heeding my own advice.  Even worse, I was not taking God at His word.

This afternoon, I was reading Matthew 6.  When I got to the section on worrying, I started to feel uncomfortable, reading about the birds, and how much more He values us, His children.  By the time I got down a few more lines to verse 30: “Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”, I had to stop.  The guilt was overwhelming.   I stared at the words, re-reading this verse slowly aloud to myself.  It was like I could hear God saying to me, “O (my name), you of little faith!  WHERE is your faith?  Have I not taken care of you all this time? Have I not provided for you and your family?!  Why do you keep worrying?”  

In His mercy, He has gently reminded me of His presence, love, and provision for me and my family.  

So instead of worrying, I shall “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness”, and rest in the comfort and peace that I am of more value to the King of kings than the birds of the air, the lilies and the grass of the field.


“Consider the lilies of the field; how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these”

Matt 6:28-29


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