Many of us spend a lot of our life worrying. I used to worry a lot until I began to understand that Jesus would always be there to help me. I like this passage from the Bible, because in it Jesus reminds us to trust Him, stop worrying and have complete faith in His goodness. Our Creator knows what we need and He wants us to help Him to build His Kingdom on earth by being righteous people, people of peace and honor.
“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? 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 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? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-34
Not all my teachers have been wise. I remember in grade school the day the teacher spoke about the creation of the world. She said, “Children, how do you think the world was created?” I remember this day so vividly because when she asked the question I heard God speak in my heart, “Tell them little one.” At that point I felt very shy, but I raised my hand any way. The teacher pointed to me and I said, “God created everything!” To my astonishment she did not say, “That’s right!” Instead she said, “Other opinions please…how did the world get created?” she asked again. Another child said, “It just happened.” And she smiled and said, “Right! It’s called evolution!!” And then she proceeded to explain the “Big Bang theory”…At that point I needed no further solicitation from God and I raised my hand again. The teacher pointed to me and I declared “God created the bang!” She then looked at me with the sternest look and said. “That’s enough!!” So I stopped speaking instantly and began speaking to God. “Jesus, I can’t believe I am in trouble for telling the truth.” So I walked home for lunch, holding the hand of Jesus wondering how could it be that my Catholic school did not understand that God is our Creator. How some people believe that something can be created out of nothing still mystifies me.
Anyway let’s keep learning from Jesus our wise teacher who loves us beyond our imagination. And let’s pray for those who don’t believe. Let’s worry less and believe more in His infinite goodness to care for us and help us with our problems. Peace be with you!