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Worry and God's Provision

Write your post here.“Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are?Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life?And why do you worry about clothes? Notice how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth.But I say to you that even Solomon in all of his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, won’t God do much more for you, you people of weak faith? Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ Gentiles long for all these things. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
~ Matthew 6:25-34 Common English Bible
 
These verses have a special significance for me from a time when I lived in Kosovo and I needed to make some decisions about staying or leaving, housing, food, etc. – the essentials. I had heard this passage a lot growing up, I had sung a related song countless times, and I had read this passage plenty. And the imagery in my mind was of those tiny sparrows that need just a few crumbs. Of course God can provide a few meager crumbs for a tiny bird, but I needed to figure out housing and meals, and I was anxious and worried as I tried to come to a decision. I sat at a small table outside a café and had just finished reading this verse. Suddenly, there was a loud noise – I can’t remember now if it was a car horn or a car running into something – yet it was loud enough to startle me, those at a table nearby, and the birds in a nearby tree. The birds filled the air – not tiny sparrow-like ones, but ones bigger than crows – hundreds of them swarming and filling the sky. In that moment I realized that God would provide. I felt a deep peace wash over me. I didn’t know how everything would work out, but I knew that I didn’t have to worry. In the days and weeks following God provided for what I needed – not always in the way I anticipated or planned, yet always what I needed for that moment.
 
I know it can be “easier said than done,” yet do not worry, God knows you and knows your need. Ask God to help and for the ability to see how God wants to provide for you.
 
I will end with some words that a follower of Jesus named Paul wrote to a struggling and suffering community of Jesus folowers:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, Rejoice… Do not worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer, make your requests known to God, and God’s deep and holistic peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
 
May God’s Peace Rest Upon You.

~ Pastor Dan

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