“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? 26 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?

Matthew 6:25-26

By Sue Maxwell

I hate to admit it but “worry” has been part of my life for as long as I remember. My mom and grandmother would talk about Matthew 6:25-26 with me and always reassure me that everything would be okay if you have faith in God. 

We all tend to worry. However, worry won’t resolve anything.  God is in control of our lives so there is no reason.  Act on the things you can control, plan for what you can foresee in the future and let God control the things you have no control over. 

Oh this all sounds so easy doesn’t it!  I am here to tell you that it is not as easy as it sounds or it wasn’t so easy for me.  Two years ago when Jay was diagnosed with lymphoma I totally “freaked out”!  Could have been that my father had lost his battle with lymphoma 20 years earlier.  My mind was racing, Of course, Jay was the love of my life and my first priority was taking care of his needs and being the best caregiver I could be.  But there was more, I needed to get my mind around Jay’s chemo and radiation treatments, the many appointments, the plethora of medications. I needed to get the house ready to sell because I couldn’t take care of it by myself.  I needed to make sure all of our paperwork was in order.  The amount of mail that we were receiving from our insurance company everyday was incredible and overwhelming.  I couldn’t think, I couldn’t sleep, and I couldn’t breath. I couldn’t communicate, I couldn’t cry, I couldn’t pray.  I was shutting down fast, worried about every little thing in my life.  

It wasn’t until Jay said, “Sue, give me a chance to fight!”  It was exactly what I needed to hear and boy did he fight!   In looking back, it was my deep faith in Jesus Christ that I was able to climb out of those dark days that many of us can experience in our lives.  Jay’s words were powerful and as we prayed together, I was slowing letting God back in control. Letting my family/church family and friends know that we weren’t okay like I said we were.  Thinking I could handle this all by myself was so short sided. How easy it was for me to simply ignore the fact that I wasn’t in control.  It wouldn’t help to keep worrying about the outcome.  I needed to live each minute with faith and know that God was in control no matter what. Now that Jay is one-year cancer free, we are feeling very blessed and thank God for his control in our lives.  The lesson I learned/relearned was powerful in my life and how valuable we are as children of God. There is no need to worry.  God has this!

Dear God,

Help us to remember that there is no need to worry.  Help us to act upon things we have control of and to let go of those things we have no control of. Give us the grace to trust in you and to not worry about the things that we have turned over to you. Let our trust in your loving power be reflective of our never ending love for you and our gratefulness for your never-ending love of us.  Amen