Getting bogged down in the grind if daily life is so easy. The stresses of doing our best at work, maintaining healthy relationships, paying the bills, being a better partner, figuring out how to help out a friend in crisis or sometimes just having the energy to keep swimming in the stream of life are all challenging.
Jesus knew that. One of my favorite places in the Bible is Matthew 6. Jesus was talking to a crowd. He knew that worries were part of each of their lives, so he didn’t just narrow his focus on the one person in the group who struggled with worry.
“I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. … Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?”
Some of my days seem like they have end-to-end problems. I skate from one small crisis to the next. And I know that my problems are really small compared to so many people in the world! But those worries can still consume me.
So when those minutes, hours or days hit me, I need to step back and remember my Father who loves me. He has carried me this far, and he will carry me through this day too.
(Paul Merrill writes here every First Friday.)