I remember the voice of my Shepherd today as he educated the flock about worrying. The amount of scripture that he used filled my pages, as I diligently worked to cover every one of them. I scribbled ferociously, and I was amazed at how far I’ve succumb to the sin of worry. Why, am I so worried about situations and issues that I can neither change nor alter?
Our Shepherd covered a plethora of scripture, like music to my deaf ears. Micah, Luke, Matthew and Psalms; with a side portion of Proverbs, Joshua and 2 Corinthians, Revelations, and 1 Peter. Why do I worry, I asked myself, and before I could answer, it occurred to me that I was worried I wouldn’t be able to write down everything I needed to remember from this awesome lesson. I was worrying within a chasm of worry; creating a vacuum of the “what if’s” and “why not’s” while listening to the soothing voice of our Shepherd. He was stating biblical facts, and I sat there in agreement, while, the worry program was running in the background of my mind. I needed to turn this off, and stay focused on the words that would provide clarity and peace within my embittered soul, and yet, I received the knowledge and wisdom flowing through my ear canals with partiality and the cousin of worry; doubt.
I heard my mind declaring “it’s easier said than done” and if I do not worry; then who would? The answer was plain and simple, “give it over to GOD, and leave it there.” My worry began to dissipate, and the program that had been running incessantly in the back of mind began to loose its color and depth. That pain on the right side of my neck that would make an appearance when I was unusually disobedient with my worry factor, started to fade. It is a simple thing to do, and yet I find myself “thinking deeply” about the next day, and what it will bring, when in reality it will never matter. In the manner in which the Almighty GOD
Through the clearing, our Shepherd’s voice resounded with “take one day at time” with Matthew 6: 25-34, KJV:
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 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.” (www.biblegateway.com).
Children of GOD, I was reminded today to hand over our cares over to the LORD, and never pick them back up. If we are to trust and have the faith, then I, you must know in our hearts and minds that HE will never forsake or leave us. 1 Peter 5:7 states “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 states “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”