“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?
Matthew 6 : 25
Two things in this verse from the sermon on the mount got me thinking how they apply to our lives during these long weeks of lockdown. Firstly, as many of us have found a new enthusiasm for home cooking, how many of us have fretted over trying a new recipe worrying if it’s going to be a success. The other is that perhaps, if you’re like me, worrying less about the clothes we have been wearing in our isolation from family, friends or work colleagues.
Yet, these words from Jesus are reminding us that food, drink or following the latest fashion do not matter compared to having the right relationship with God. We are also reminded in this verse that worrying about things – while natural for human beings – especially during these uncertain days rarely brings about a positive outcome.
I am instead drawn to the encouraging words in Philippians 4: 6 that offers a counter-balance to our natural instincts to worry: “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns” (from the Message Translation).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for these words of encouragement and comfort knowing that you want to share our concerns. Help us, we pray, to let go of all that worries us instead offering them to you and praising you for all your goodness in our lives, Amen.
Action: Make a mental note of – or write down – the people and things that worry you the most and take a moment in a quiet place next week to let God know of your anxieties. Afterwards, reflect on how that made you feel – at peace, hopeful or renewed in faith?