Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:25-27
Growing up, I was someone who always liked to plan things. I’d plan my work or study schedule for the rest of my week, the trips I’d be going on the rest of the year and then tried to plan where my life was heading. To a great extent, planning has been a good thing and has allowed me to be efficient with my time. It seems like everyone in Hong Kong is also a planner. When meeting up with friends, we set dates weeks in advance and everyone seems to have packed schedules. And we live in a busy, bustling city, don’t we?
And where there is planning, you’ll often also find worry tagging along like the irritating and lingering cough that comes with the flu. Scenarios of “what ifs” run through your head, worst-case scenarios cloud your mind and a nagging unsettled feeling hovers over your heart. I find that worry creeps in more easily when we’re stepping out in faith to do something that is outside our comfort zones. Within a comfort zone, things are predictable so there isn’t much need to worry. But when stepping “out of the boat”, there are so many things we can worry about.
Having taken a step of faith outside my comfort zone in recent years, God has been teaching me to rely on Him, to trust in Him and not to worry. If God has given the vision, He will also give the provision, whether in the form of time, relationships, resources or energy. He’s constantly been reminding me that where He leads, He will guide and provide.
The section ends in verse 34 with, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” So let’s take each day as it comes, leaning on His daily grace and casting our cares to Him because He is a good, good Father who provides.
Let us practice one day at a time by:
- Praising God for giving value to our lives daily;
- Asking God to teach us how to surrender and trust Him.