Contemplating Jesus

WHY WORRY?

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

When Jesus reminded his followers that it was impossible to serve two masters – God and wealth –he invited a shift in perception.  He turned to the book of nature for embellishment.  “Look at the birds of the air,” (Matthew 6;26) they don’t get anxious or worry about their daily bread.  “Consider the lilies of the field,” (Matthew 6: 28)) they don’t wonder about how they look or appear to others.  It just so happens that by being naturally themselves they are more beautiful than finest clad royalty.

 Jesus’ message is freedom over slavery.  It is a choice to be made: either spend time and energy thinking about temporal things and self-centered concerns, or focus one’s attention, turn one’s heart to the Creator and the Divine reality.  Then, through a living relationship and trust in God, everything that’s needed gets provided for.

As Divine Providence cannot be foreseen, or foretold, Jesus instructs not to worry about tomorrow.  “Today’s trouble is enough for today.”  (Matthew 6: 34).  In other words, live fully in the present, and do what has to be done in the moment.   The rest can take care of itself in the hands of God.

And, just in case it is impossible to shake away insatiable anxiety, Jesus questions whether worrying would add a single hour to one’s life (Matthew 6:27).  What he infers is that we have to become adept at not knowing, at not working it out, not hanging on. Let go, let God, then all shall be well.

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