It’s an important dinner with the boss. The husband goes back and forth trying to find the right tie and shirt combination. Every time he thinks about one, he brings it by his wife to get her opinion. She’s getting annoyed because she trying to pick out just the right dress and he’s interrupting her every 30 seconds. Finally, clothes are chosen and it’s time to leave. They meet the boss at the restaurant, sit down, and then the menu comes and the indecision starts all over again. He doesn’t want to order anything too expensive, because, well, the boss…. you know. This night is so important because it will affect the rest of his career, or is it her career. Worry piles on worry. What was supposed to be an enjoyable night out with the boss became a worry-fest that sucked the joy out of the night.
Does that sound like anything you’ve ever done? You are in a situation where you have to make just the right impression and you fret over what to wear or what to order off the menu? We have a phrase for that #FirstWorldProblem. I know that sounds unsympathetic, but it’s a way to laugh at ourselves. We all do that. In the first century people worried about getting food and clothing often just to survive. Their worry about food was not whether or not to order the steak or the chicken, their worry was whether or not they could get enough food to eat. When the rags they wore started to get too thin, their next set of clothes became a worry also. To people in these situations Jesus brought a difficult reminder: “Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.’” (Luke 12:22)
The message of Jesus is that God will take care of you. We don’t worry about our daily bread anymore. The bread sits in our breadbox for a week. Refrigeration keeps other foods fresh for a long while. In a sense, we no longer need to depend on God for our daily bread. The supermarket has it. That being said, we worry about so many other things that really aren’t important in the long range picture. We forget to trust in God to take care of us in our needs be they medical, financial, or personal. The worrisome world is often called a rat race because in our fretting we often go to war with our rivals to get that better job, the premier office, or the right partner. God speaks to our world today, and ultimately, it gets down to the same message: don’t worry about your life, what you will eat, or what you will wear. All of our worry boils down to one truth: we don’t trust God completely to take care of our needs.
As a writer I can sit back and breathe a sigh of relief. God didn’t tell me not to worry about my writing. So each day I fret about how to share what God says to me. How do I craft the words in just the right way to bring the most impact to you; to let you see how much God loves you and cares for you. Ok, sigh of relief over because I have no doubt that if I were to stop and listen to God right now, He would say, “Don’t worry about your writing; what you will say, how you will say it.” But I can’t stop and listen to God because I still have to get ready to leave the house and today’s trash day and I gotta look just right for my presentation and ….
Lord, as the popular song says now help me to breathe, just breathe. Take away my worry and let me enjoy the grace You have given to me. As I do all the things I need to let others see the peace that I have in You. Help me to slow down and trust You each step of the way.