Casting out anxieties with Matthew 6



earlier this morning i was asked to make a sweatshirt with “look at the birds matthew 6:26” on it. that’s important, but more on that later.  


today a few things happened that fit together all too nicely and it was too much of a jesus moment not to share. it was rainy today—with a chance of it being awfully stormy and i hate storms. i pick up all the characteristics of an inner enneagram 6 when i worry 24/7 about all the worst things that could go wrong.

 

We are on vacation in Tennessee in the middle of nowhere at my favorite place to be, Dale Hollow Lake. And when its rainy at the lake you play a lot of cards. You stay inside and you most definitely don’t try to go out on the boat. 


But today, instead of staying in the cabin, em and ellie and my cousin, cami and i used the trusty internet to find the closest coffee shop in the middle of no where, classic. we ended up finding a place called wired coffee in the next town over and gave it a shot. when we showed up, it was the ~cutest~ and had christian painted signs on the walls and bibles laying everywhere and lattes with banana and cinnamon, making me probably the happiest i’ve ever been. when we finally decided which of the cute chairs we wanted to sit on, i picked up a bible and decided to start reading out loud. not sure why but it seemed sort of right.  (Remember what I told you earlier). 


on the way back to the cabin, i pulled the truck over and stopped on the side of the road in the turn around of an old church what had wildflowers and a beautiful view of the hazy mountains. took some pictures, picked some beautiful weeds and went on our way. 


last time we were down at the lake we stayed in a house that had a treacherous drive down a massive hill on a gravel road that scared me crapless every time we drove it let alone, me driving it. that being said, this house had a drive through the most beautiful rolling hills of tennessee on the way to it. The gravel road is lined with green and a white weeds for what seems like forever, interrupted only by the end of one hill and the start of the next, or a little calf, its mama, or the barn they belong to. i posted a picture of them, if you’ve been around here long enough to have seen that. On the drive home, we decided to go back to those. as we went down the road though, I began to realize that the only place wide enough to turn around was at the other end of the huge gravel hill that i was so deathly afraid of. 


I freaked. I prayed and I held my breath for a few seconds (too long). i did it though, we made it through. White knuckles and wildflowers on the dash.


it ended up not storming today. it just rained, and honestly it cooled things off so I can't even complain about the rain. we ended up getting to take the boat out for the afternoon and evening and had a great meal for dinner. For a day that was forecasted to be less than average, Jesus littered our radar with the most incredible blessings, bound and determined to bring us into His light.


now i'm going to let you in on my favorite part of matthew chapter 6. Here is verse 25 through the end of the chapter, 34:

“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 than food, and the body more 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the wildflowers 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—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."

This is where the story comes full circle. 


so many of these verses and lines are tied perfectly to this day, full of wildflowers and senseless worrying, new trials and roadside blessings.  

"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.”

So many times we need reassurance that things will be okay, that in our troubles come worries and in our worries come doubts, which all lead back to this verse. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Do not worry about tomorrow. He gives us simple instructions to cast out our fears and anxieties. He clothes us in more beauty than wild flowers and fills us up with more joy and spiritual wellbeing than the birds. He will provide and He calls us to be in the world, not of it. 


It felt really good to do something out of my comfort zone today. To try a new place, to drive down a new road, to make it up the hill. He provides and he pulls us through the fear and at the end of the day he is always going to be there waiting to love us. 

"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.” 

He knows what we need and He will provide. These aren’t just things that He knows we need, He knows places we need to be and songs we need to hear and folks we need to encounter and it is our job to make the most of these things He provides us with, by seeking the Kingdom, loving first, worrying less about the world and material and what comes next, and instead, picking wildflowers. 

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