Just for You Reflection: May 7, 2020
Pastor Jerry Kulp
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[e] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Greetings my friends!
I apologize for the long Scripture passage today, but this message really spoke to me. How clearly, I remember a dear friend of mine who was almost “crushed” when I shared this message with her and told her that God does not want us to worry!
Worry, for many parents it comes as easily as breathing. We worry about a sick child and how quickly their health might be restored. We worry about our children’s friends and how our children are “fitting in” with others. We worry our children’s homework assignments, grades, and actions which may affect their future. UGH!
Worry, for many children it comes as easily as texting a friend. We worry about our parent’s relationship. We worry about grand parents and their health. We worry about whether our friends can keep secrets. We worry about what that special boy/girl thinks about us. Sometimes we, like our parents, even worry about our grades and our future! UGH!
Worry is one of the few things in life that crosses generational lines. What we worry about may change with our age but worry seems to be a constant for many people. Yet…
Jesus tells us NOT to worry! Not to worry about our everyday concerns because none of this worry will add a single moment to the span of our life. NOT to worry about our appearances; because in the sight of God we are indeed glorious JUST AS WE ARE! NOT to worry daily kinds of things for our God Who knows and sees us already knows and sees our needs.
Whew! That feels like a great deal of control to give up on doesn’t it? Do not worry? Really?
But notice how clever our Lord is; instead of worrying Jesus calls us to “seek the kingdom of God and to live righteously.” Anything that we taken off our plate about worrying just got a full plate of Godly activity.
“Seeking the kingdom of God”, allowing yourself to trust, feel and experience the living Lord within your midst! Be open to the fact that God is still working during a time of suffering and pain to establish a peace within your heart. Allowing your eyes to see God acting through the generosity of someone who crossed your path during the day. Experience the living Lord within creation and the bounty of gifts we constantly receive. “Seeking the kingdom of God” means opening your inner most self-up and allowing God to inform the very way we live our every day ordinary lives working extraordinary goodness among us!
Live righteously? Wowsi… talk about giving up control. Giving up our anger at God or against our neighbors, our family members, or my personal favorite “those people.” “Those people” who dare see the world differently than we do. “Those people” who look differently, act differently, or think differently than I do. “Those people” who all have been redeemed and made holy by the same God who has redeemed and made me holy.
So suddenly I think I get what Jesus is talking about! I will not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Rather on this day… I’ve got enough trouble trying to “seek the kingdom and to live righteously. Hope about you?
Keep trusting our Lord, keep washing those hands, and be at peace my friends, for God has made us all “living lights” in this world.