Can't touch this
No, not even the king
in his new Threads
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not toil 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, O you of little faith?" Matthew 6:28-29 NIV
Stress and worry, we all do it. In fact, in today's society it seems to be our ever present friend. We kind of wallow in it, in a way it feels good, like a mud bath...
Do we have enough money? Do we have a nice enough house? Do we have enough clothes and are they the latest styles? Do we have enough food? And what about water? Will we have enough to reconstitute all of the dry food we have stockpiled for when it all hits the fan? No one told us we needed water...
And our kids, are they smart enough, are they good looking enough, will they be able to make it into the best daycare academies? You have to start young if you want to get into Harvard. And what about lessons, music, art, or sports, or all three? What if they can't do all three, or any, can they fake it? Can we?
Are we rich enough, are we poor enough, are we giving enough to charity or the homeless shelter down the street? Should we let people see us putting money in the donation jar or should we sneak it in on the sly? Maybe we should keep it all for ourselves, for a rainy day...
Are we praying enough, and how should we do it? Do we have to kneel, is it okay to raise our hands in church and speak in tongues, and how will we know if it is us speaking or someone else? Will people think we are crazy? Will they throw us out of the synagogue?
And what about God? Have you ever seen Him? Blessed are those who believe and have not seen, or so they say. What if God isn't there? What if he died? What if he never existed? What if he can read my thoughts, will he send me straight to hell?
And the evolution thing. And global warming. And 5G technology.
Is the world coming to an end?
And what about Trump?
Stop! Stop! Jesus says,
Come to me and I will give you rest.
And as for the basics, what you really need, start here.
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33 NIV
"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes." Matthew 6:34 The Message
So if you've had enough, let it go, trust God. Give it to Jesus, he will take it. He's already taken it for you, on the cross. And then open your Bible, if you don't have one get one. For easy reading and understanding I recommend the New Living Translation or The Message. You can find great buys at the second hand bookstore. And you might encounter Jesus in the next aisle. He's been known to hang out there.
Start reading the Gospels, the Good News about Jesus, written by the people who new him best, his disciples and friends.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (his favorite, or so John says), will tell you all about him. And you will be amazed. Oh, and John wasn't lying about being Jesus favorite, it's just that everyone is Jesus' favorite!
And blessed are those who believe and have not seen. That would be you. Seek His kingdom. Read. Believe in miracles. They happen every day, no matter what you've heard.
Jesus will change your life. He changed mine. He is enough, and infinitely more.
Until next week,
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV
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Susan Beth Furst is a poet, author, painter, and photographer. She loves to write haiku and she Loves to tell people about Jesus.