“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the wild flowers grow. They don’t work or make clothing. But here is what I tell you. Not even Solomon in all his royal robes was dressed like one of these flowers. If that is how God dresses the wild grass, won’t he dress you even better? Your faith is so small! After all, the grass is here only today. Tomorrow it is thrown into the fire. So don’t worry. Don’t say, ‘What will we eat?’ Or, ‘What will we drink?’ Or, ‘What will we wear?’ People who are ungodly run after all those things. Your Father who is in heaven knows that you need them. But put God’s kingdom first. Do what he wants you to do. Then all those things will also be given to you. So don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6: 25-34
How often do you worry? If you’re like me, a lot more than I should. Many times in my life I have referred to these verses to find peace and comfort. Sometimes they help and sometimes I just keep worrying. It is so much easier said than done to quit worrying and trust God more.
Does that mean I should do nothing and just wait to see what happens? I don’t think so. You can always do something and one is to lift your concerns up in prayer and then watch to see what God is doing. He is always at work. Many times I can’t see it until I look back in time and see his hand in what happened.
When I look in my rear-view mirror I see what God has done. Sometimes that mirror reflects pain and suffering, but many times you can find God’s work in that too. The Bible says in Romans 8:28 that God works in all things for the good of those who love him.
At this writing, the horror and images of the shootings in Las Vegas were fresh in my mind, yet I read and heard stories of God at work. In the life of a man who didn’t believe in God and now does. From heroes that rushed back into the shooting to save other victims to the story of a couple from Des Moines who were just married and planned to go to the concert during their honeymoon in Las Vegas. Their plans changed at the last minute and they weren’t able to attend. Those are the stories we know about. My guess is there are a lot more we don’t know about that happened or will happen as a result that will show how God works through even a tragedy like this.
As we end this season of thanksgiving, look in your rear-view mirror to see God’s hand at work. 1 Thessalonians 5 says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” God bless you this Thanksgiving season!
Prayer: Lord, teach me to trust more and worry less. Thank you for always being at work no matter what circumstances may throw at me. You are my “refuge and strength, an ever-present help in time of trouble.”