I love this title that my friend, Debbie, gave to my Wednesday Bible musings!
Today I'm sitting down with Jesus, and He and I are going to have a little dialogue:
"Sharon, can I talk to you about worry today?"
(Inner "Oh no…") "Sure, Lord."
"You either store your treasures with the Father, and serve Him alone, or you do not serve Him at all."
(Inner sigh…) "Yes, you're so right, Lord."
"That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life…Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing?"
"Yes, it is."
"Look at the birds." Just at that moment, a tiny sparrow lands on Jesus' hand. "They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them."
Jesus hands the small bird a piece of bread, and it flies off happily.
"Aren't you far more valuable to Him than they are?"
"Yes, Lord, I am. Because You died for me…"
Jesus smiles – and I look at His hands.
"Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?"
"No, but those worries can sure steal moments from my life."
Jesus' smile gets bigger. He stoops over and picks a dandelion.
"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?"
A thousand excuses come to my mind – because it's a tough and scary life down here, Lord – because there's a lot of suffering and struggling – because I never know what's coming next – because I can't control a thing…
I remain silent and bow my head.
"Sharon, don't worry about these things. These are things that dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs."
I look up at Him.
"He does, doesn’t He?! He always watches over me. He never takes His eyes off of me, and I am never out of His presence."
Jesus grins. "No, you never are!"
Now I smile.
"Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need."
"Yes, Lord – everything I really need - which isn't always what I think I want!"
"You're a quick learner," Jesus says with a wink. "Don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. And do not be afraid. For I have overcome the world."
(Inner sigh)…of relief and joy and peace!
(Based on Matthew, Chapter 6, New Living Translation)
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