“No one can serve two masters. If you try, you will wind up loving the first master and hating the second, or vice versa. People try to serve both God and money–but you can’t. You must choose one or the other. Here is the bottom line: do not worry about your life. Don’t worry about what you will eat or what you will drink. Don’t worry about how you clothe your body. Living is about more than merely eating, and the body is about more than dressing up. Look at the birds in the sky. They do not store food for winter. They don’t plant gardens. They do not sow or reap–and yet, they are always fed because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are even more precious to Him than a beautiful bird. If He looks after them, of course He will look after you. Worrying does not do any good; who here can claim to add even an hour to his life by worrying? Nor should you worry about clothes. Consider the lilies of the field and how they grow. They do not work or weave or sew, and yet their garments are stunning. Even King Solomon, dressed in his most regal garb, was not as lovely as these lilies. And think about grassy fields–the grasses are here now, but they will be dead by winter. And yet God adorns them so radiantly. How much more will He clothe you, you of little faith, you who have no trust? So do not consume yourselves with questions: What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? Outsiders make themselves frantic over such questions; they don’t realize that your heavenly Father knows exactly what you need. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you too. So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today.” ~Matthew 6:24-34
When we choose to live a life following Christ, we are making a choice to worship and follow Him. And one of the hardest parts of that is coming to a place of accepting that we are choosing to follow His will and not our own. And although I’ve walked through many seasons of Him proving His faithfulness in my life, and I’ve learned that His way is always much more of a beautiful path than I can fathom…I still struggle with wanting to take control and live life my way.
Patience is one of the hardest things for me to get a handle on. Once I decide I want to do something, I want it done yesterday. But I wonder, when we take matters into our own hands, are we stunting the gifts God has planned for us? If we would just wait on His perfect timing, would the picture He’s painting look much more beautiful and smooth than our attempt at painting this picture when we can only see a portion of the canvas?
God gives us the freedom of choice. But with those choices also comes the consequences. Good and bad. I recently had a moment where I completely chose to go off the path. I was tired of being obedient and I just wanted to enjoy my life. Of course, it blew up and thankfully, God loves me enough to shut doors I’m not meant to walk through. But that doesn’t mean the wounds weren’t caused and the scars were not left for me to work through. I am convinced that this freedom of choice is where we get in the sticky places. When we get off course and make choices that we know are not in line with God’s calling.
Whatever it is that we choose to worship, that’s where our focus will be. And as human’s, we tend to worship the concept of “I’ll be happy when…”. And I’m convinced this is where the art of worry begins. Whether it’s worrying about relationships, food, money, work, busyness, where we will be in a year….we can always find something to get our hot little hands on.
But God promises that He will take care of tomorrow. And I serve a God who is faithful and fulfills His promises. We are commanded to be obedient and follow Him. That’s it.
So what would it look like if we stopped trying to control tomorrow and focused on how we can be obedient today? What if I trusted that God’s best is a more beautiful story than anything I can dream up to create?
I may just give God a chance to wow me.