Today I heard an ad on the radio for a company I’ll call Protection Plus. In the ad they asked the audience if they would like identity theft security, and if they answered yes then the announcer urged them to call right away. After which he promptly added the disclaimer, “No one can assure you of complete identity theft security.” I thought, “What an unfortunate way to convince someone they need what you’ve got: To offer it, and then to tell them it’s not possible to have it. Then I thought about myself and my problem with stress and worry, and how a lot of times I’m like the announcer in that ad:
“Would you like eternal security?” I ask.
“Then become a believer now!
(Disclaimer: Eternal security doesn’t mean you can trust God with everything.)
Trust God today!”
Screech! “Say what?” says anyone who is listening. “Why would I want to join you in trusting someone who you can’t even trust?”
When I really trust someone to do something, I don’t sit around worrying about them doing it. So what does my worrying about what I will wear, or what I will eat, or what I will get done today say about the God who promises to take that job and run with it? (See Matthew 6:25-34) I guess it says I don’t trust the one who I say I trust.
I’m definitely the poster child for the Hurried and Blurried Women’s Society, if only I could get paid for that gig. I’m not saying I’m always in a hurried or worried state, but when I have a fuller plate than a guy ending his fast at an all-you-can-eat buffet, I tend to take the job back from God, so I can just do it myself. It’s in those times that I have to recognize my “cukoo-for-Crazy-Puffs” idea that more worry means more control, and more control means more things are gonna go my way, because none of that is true.
Pondering my predicament today, I stopped to think about the gravity of the situation, and asked myself, “Do you trust gravity? Are you comfortable with the fact that it’s not going to fail and you won’t be sucked into outer space?”
“Yes,” I responded like all smart people who talk to themselves.
“So,” I continued, “if you can trust gravity, then why can’t you trust the Creator of gravity to keep you where he wants you? That’s the whole point of gravity, stupid.” If it weren’t me talking I’d be a little offended by my tone, but since it was me, I overlooked it and took a deep breath and thanked God for gravity, for keeping me where he wants me and giving me just the amount of time to do just what he wants me to do. What is that exactly, you ask?
Worry takes love by the scruff of the neck and throws it out the door, that’s what worry does. So today I’m going to let love back in from exile and lovingly tell worry to take a hike. I will seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and then rely on the gravity of the truth that all I need will be added to me. Therefore I’m not going to be anxious about today or tomorrow, but let tomorrow worry about itself, just like Jesus said:
““Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:25–34, ESV)
Gravity is what we all need to stay put on this earth, but when those moments of weightlessness come, and you feel yourself untethered with worry, don’t freak out, just trust that the Creator of gravity will do his part to bring you back to earth by being anchored in His love.