Over the last couple of days, I’ve had many things running through my head. It’s the end of the semester which means on an average day I drink about three cups of coffee, I have sermons to write, papers to write, projects to finish, deadlines to meet. To say I have a lot going on and many spinning plates would be an understatement. This will be my fifth year of college completed so I’m used to this cycle. But the amount of things never ceases to stir up worry in me.
But, over the last few days, the Lord has slowed me down. Through warm weather in the mornings and getting me to stop and pray and read the Word outside, to seeing a friend eating lunch outside and sitting and chatting and praying for awhile, to sweet reminders and encouragements–the Lord has gotten me to slow down. To take in His sweetness. And through it all, I am reminded-do not worry.
This Sunday is my support raising deadline, next week I have a sermon to give and a catechism due on the same day. In the next 10 days, I have 10 huge projects or assignments due. Lots of things are on my mind and it’s easy to succumb to worry. But, this morning as I was reading Matthew 6 I was reminded of the Lord’s command. He is faithful. He sees me. He knows me. He loves me, through and through.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious 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? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[a] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. –Matthew 6:25-34