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Letting worries go
April 11, 2011
by Deacon David Taylor, St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake

Jesus said, “I tell you, do not worry about your life . . . who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6:25-27

It is easy for a minister, or any Christian to tell someone, “Don’t worry so much about things.” The same Bible that says not to worry also recognizes that many troubles may occur in life. Even in the Old Testament, Psalm 34:19 says, “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.”

As we get older and look back on the events of our lives, we note that troubles come to everyone. Like many examples in the Bible, troubles seem to manifest themselves in three ways:

• Troubles that come to us at random, such as the loss of a job or unexpected illness.

• Troubles that come from someone close to us, like a friend or relative, when their worries cross over into our lives.

• And the worst of them all, troubles we bring upon ourselves through poor choices that we are responsible for.

People struggle to overcome such worries by themselves, and often spend small fortunes on counselors, psychologists, or lawyers to help deal with these concerns. Although such professions may have their place in this world, Jesus gives us an unusual perspective to put these worries “in their place.”

Christ says in Matthew 6:26, “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 more valuable than they?”

If God cares so much about the sparrow flying over Howard Lake, by feeding him and providing a tree for rest at night, then scripture is telling us that He cares even more so for you.

In this verse, Jesus is saying that we are His creatures, and that he thinks about us often. Even if things are not going well at this point in our lives, He has not forgotten us and still loves us.

We do not earn the love of God; it is freely given to us because it gives Him pleasure to do so. We are not saved by what we have done, but by what He has done for us by going to the cross.

During trials, a person should see life’s journey as a book. A book has a beginning and an end, with chapters in between. Some chapters are about good times, and some are about rough times. We need to remind ourselves that the chapter we are currently in is not the sum of our life. Each chapter stands alone, but there is an excitement about the possibilities of the next chapter.

On this spring day, take a moment to go outside and see the bird God placed there just for you. Then, put those worries in their place with prayer, because you are God’s beloved.