“And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?”Luke 12:25
To my dear grandmother, anyone who spent too much time worrying was instantly called a worrywart. I remember as a teenager asking my grandmother why the term worrywart? As with most of her answers, it came with a sweet chuckle mixed with both innocence and a lifetime of wisdom. “Because,” she said, “when you worry, your face changes, it wrinkles and crinkles into an unsightly wart. You can’t help it. God made your face to wear a smile, not a frown.” And, oh, how my grandmother loved to laugh.
Jesus’ life was all about joy. He came to give us restoration with our Heavenly Father. He came that we might have life and have it abundantly. He came to share with us that, through Him, all things are possible. He came to share with us that we are the light of the world. To tell us that God the Father truly loves and cares for our needs.
Our passage today is right in the middle of one of my favorite teachings of Christ. In Luke 12:28, Jesus says, “If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?” If you find yourself being, or becoming, a worrywart, spend some time reading Luke 12:22-34 and let Jesus, the Master Healer, Teacher, Friend, and Savior, share with you that there is nothing to fear. You will not add one cubit to your stature by turning into a worrywart.
Matter of fact, worrying will take from you what I call “spiritual energy.” Spiritual energy is the way I explain a relationship with God which assists you in moving forward in your faith. It is that continuing spiritual connection with God where we are enabled to see God more clearly. When we put our trust in God, knowing that God will work His perfect will in and through us, we gain the strength to be confident in all circumstances and situations – no matter how grim or seemingly unfair. Good spiritual energy allows us to trust God even more deeply.
Heavenly Father, today I choose to cast aside all worry from my life, and to trust You completely! You are my teacher, healer, friend, and most importantly Savior! There is nothing in life I will ever have to worry about knowing that I am your child, wrapped in Your loving arms. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen
Grace and Peace