A Lesson from some flowers
Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount gave us a familiar lesson where he teaches about birds and flowers. He says: “Matthew 6:25–34 (NIV84)
Do Not Worry
25 “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 important than food, and the body more important 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? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Spring, the time of birds and flowers, teaches us not to worry. Worry is not a innocent pastime, but it is sin. It is not trusting God to take care of you, or those you love. Worry is saying: “I don't think God can handle this situation in my life. I sure can't, but can He?” Can you hear the echo from the Devil, the father of lies. It is like he is whispering: “Did God really say: 'He loves you and would take care of you?'” Which Father are you going to listen to? Which Father will you believe?
What did the season of Lent teach us to do with sins like worry? It first of all showed us a Savior who was like us and tempted like us in every way – even to worry. Yet he always trusted his Father to take care of him. Then Lent shows us what Jesus did to our sins like worry. He suffered greatly, to wash us clean. His Resurrection shows us how we are free to serve our God without worry.
Worrying is not a right we were born with, or that you grew into when you became a mother. Worrying is a sin. Remember what he said when he was woken up from a sleep during the storm on the lake? Mark tells us: “The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Jesus is true God! He took the worry out of our life. If you doubt that at any time, look up some of the other passage which talk about worry. And smile and trust God to be true to His Word.