“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” [Matthew 6:27]
Jesus spoke these words during His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, chapters 5,6, and 7. This is where He tells us not to worry about our lives; what to eat, what to drink, or what we will wear. He points out the birds of the air for they don’t sow, reap or gather, yet the Father feeds them.
Them He asks us to consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, but neither toil nor spin. Jesus concluded this part of His sermon with these words:
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
You’d think, after reading these words countless numbers of times over the decades, I’d have learned something by now, right?
I’m a mother, and all three of my children are middle-aged adults in their 50’s. I can do nothing about their life-choices or the paths they have taken. Yet, I worry.
My oldest son has bladder cancer.
My daughter and middle child, has embarked on a new career path and is now a full-time over-the-road trucker. Yeah, an eighteen-wheeler.
And my youngest son is currently in jail. I won’t explain that, it’s too long and heart-breaking. Suffice it to say he’s the victim of his own bad choices.
So, yes, even though I have no control over any of this, my mothers heart worries. I have to be reminded, time, and time again, of what Paul wrote in Philippians 4:6 & 7:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
(Scripture references taken from the NKJV version of the Bible.)