Sunday, July 3, 2011

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

Matthew 6:22-33
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. 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.

Somehow, always, I bring myself to the church and the message is for me. There must be a single word for this sort of thing, the feeling that everything applies to oneself. Hearing this and Father Stephan's words after made me cringe and cry. I know I am afraid. I do not know how to embrace the idea that letting go of fear will save us in a tangible way. Am I then to think that those who are lost, homeless and sick just did not have faith? I understand that even they have things to be thankful for.  Even though I might be willing to accept hard living for myself, I can't choose it for our children, and I feel a strong sense of duty to provide for them. I feel like I can't let go of fear and worry because I have to hold this life together for my children.

2 comments:

  1. I struggle with worry too. I know some who by the grace of God have overcome worry and I pray that we both can get there... candle lit for you and family...

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  2. Jesus must have understood keenly how worry and anxiety affected us to the detriment of our walk with Him. I, too, struggle with vicious anxiety that blinds me to the peace that is only found in trusting Him. This is the only thing that helps me: to pray and meditate on Scripture until the problem is seen in its light. For example, when I worry about whether I will ever have a family, I try to picture my life in the grand context of His plans for the entire world - and as hard as it is to accept, I realize that many of my desires are really just wants, and need to be subsumed in the greatest desire we must have - to be and to do exactly what He has planned for us. It sounds so simple, but for me it's the hardest thing in the world.

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