Worry-Free Living – Saturday, May 22, 2021

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof – Matthew 6:34

“That’s the second yawn in less than a minute.  Someone didn’t get much sleep last night,” the grandmother noted.  “Grandee, there must have been a dozen birds chirping outside my window.  I couldn’t help but listen,” the young boy shared.  “And what were they saying?”  “They were talking about a boy who would be spending the entire day with his grandmother and how she would take him to McDonalds and Dairy Cream.  Were they right?”  “Somewhat.  They just forgot to add the chores that boy would help his grandmother with before McDonalds and Dairy Cream,” the grandmother announced.

Jesus used birds to emphasize the futility of worrying when He referred to “the fowls of the air” and questioned, “Are ye not much more better than they?” (Matthew 6:26). It’s a Scripture I’m often reminded of along with the difference between being concerned and being worried.  The former is the awareness of a problem, the taking of appropriate actions, then turning it over to God.  However, the latter does everything just mentioned, yet continues to prune over it, believing God requires assistance.

Possibly like me, you’ve pondered over the conversations of birds, particularly during sleepless nights.  And possibly like me, you have perceived their message to be what Jesus spoke about worrying: “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” (Matthew 6:27).  Truly God can use even birds to speak to us.