Moving is stressful. Part of the stress is the physical demands of decluttering and packing up the leftovers. Another part of the stress comes from thinking too much. During our recent move, my husband and I both lost sleep thinking about what we needed to do the next day. Diminished sleep did not help the physical process at all. Now we still have much to do. I also must deal with that habit of planning ahead and letting those plans keep me awake.
Jesus knows. He knows the worries of ordinary people who wonder about their health, length of life, where the next meal will come from, and even what to wear on any given day. The following verses are God’s version of, “Don’t worry, be happy.”
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 6:27–34)
Today we have a wedding, a possible showing of our former house, errands like getting the address changed in important documents, besides needing to sort and put many items away in our new house. In all of this, God reminds me that He knows these things must be done, but He still says first things first. Seek Him and seek to be like Jesus. In the hubbub of life, this is always the most important thing.
Thank You Jesus for these timely words. Most of the things we fuss about are really not very important, yet You know all about them. You understand the daily stuff that occupies our minds. You bid us not to be anxious about any of them. Because we are children of God, we can trust our Heavenly Father to make all the rough places smooth, taking care of our needs at just the right time and in just the right way. Praises to You for You amazing grace and kindness!