Back in the day, Baskin Robbins used to have a flavor of the month. Remember that? And it would be something pretty special. A unique combination that you’d want to be sure to try because you knew you would like it. Well, fast forward some years later, and a part of me has taken a liking to the idea of problem of the month. It’s gotta be something pretty special and doesn’t everyone want to know about it because you know that they’ll want to worry about it with you.
In recent months, it’s occurred to me that my flavor-of-the-month syndrome doesn’t really help me much. Because as soon as one perceived problem is solved another one pops up to replace it.
The truth of it is that so much of my worry is learned. I’ve learned over time that it’s normal to worry, that something in my life must bring me to a place of fear and dread. And yet in the back of my mind another part of me knows that problem-of-the-month just doesn’t cut it. It’s the part that wants to believe Jesus words in Matthew 6 when He told His followers:
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).
Live for today. Remember that Jesus’ Father knows what we need—that is, what we truly need. And in our seeking first God’s kingdom, it will all work out. That’s been the journey as of late. And it’s been fun to see how God has showed up “more” than He has previously.
Try it with me this week. And as you do, remember that we’re in good company! The Apostle Peter encouraged those to whom he wrote his first letter to cast their anxieties on God. King David asked God to search him and know his heart in Psalm 139. May we follow their examples, be brave and rest in the fact that God is right next to us in our own lives. And may you remember that as we seek His kingdom, all else falls into place.