“Don’t worry” is so much easier said than done. It is human nature to worry. Our text comes from the book of Matthew, where we read about the same worries that cross our minds in this twenty-first century. What will we eat? Drink? Wear?
A favourite part of this text is where we are asked to consider the lilies. My husband and I love to explore the garden nurseries in the spring and fill the yard with flower baskets; each blossom so beautifully and intricately made by the Master Gardener. We tend and nurture our plants to maturity, but consider those lilies of the field that have no worries. “They neither toil nor spin.” (verse 28) Then we are led to the image of King Solomon in finest royal clothing, yet those lilies in the field far exceed his splendour in their natural beauty.
It is hard not to worry. We all fall into fitful sleep, fretting over the past, worrying over things that should long have been put to rest.
On this Thanksgiving Sunday, perhaps we could make a resolution. Maybe we could try replacing that negative energy of worry with positive thoughts of praise and thankfulness.
God, you give us the hours and days that become our life. May we live that life in thankful service to you. Amen. — ES