Matthew 6:28-29 – “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”
When I worked at the children’s home we had a fiery red-headed boy named Josh and his brother Joel living with us. These two boys had every reason in the world not to be happy. I cannot comment on their family situation but let’s just say it was less than ideal. There were also health issues at hand; at four years of age, Josh’s front teeth were rotten and the dentist couldn’t touch them because Josh was too afraid.
Wendy and I were determined to show love to them and offer them a good Christian home where they could live. We tried to teach the Word of God to them and provide them with good healthy meals, a safe place to live, a warm bed, and a loving atmosphere of mercy and grace.
There were times that Josh could be a handful and needed a bit of correction. But in spite of it all, Josh was usually a pretty happy-go-lucky child. He would go around the house singing the theme from COPS or “Had a Bad Day” by Daniel Powter. But one of his favorite songs to sing was “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin. It was was interesting that two of the songs he liked the most were about taking a bad situation and making it better.
I believe that Josh was happy but he wanted to find joy. Joy is something that comes from deep down in your heart. It doesn’t depend on the circumstances like happiness does but rather it comes from understanding that there is nothing lost by smiling in the face of troubles and pain.
So many of us worry too much. It’s not the problem that we have but rather the “what ifs” that come when we allow those problems to dwell in our brain. It really comes down to a lack of trust and understanding of God that gets us to worrying. We allow Satan to rob us of the joy that God wants us to experience. We blow the chance of special blessings that come when we allow God to protect and provide according to his great providence.
There are a lot of us who worry about our weight. We worry about what we shall eat or drink. We worry about what if this weight loss plan doesn’t work. We worry about whether or not we have enough stamina to stick with it. We worry about what others are eating that we can’t have. We worry about those moments of weakness. We worry about the scales. We worry, worry, worry…ugh.
It is so wearisome to worry. My grandmother was one who used to worry about everything. And the sad thing was her worry never accomplished anything positive. Worry does not add to the situation. It doesn’t help and in some instances it can hurt.
I remember visiting a woman in the hospital who had a broken hip. She was so distressed that she might get phenomena and die because so many people who break their hip end up dying that way. But the next thing you know she had stomach problems. She wouldn’t eat the hospital food and she was eating TUMS almost as fast as they could make them. In a few weeks she had an ulcer. In a month, she passed away. Her family all told me that it wasn’t from the injury but from worrying. “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (vs. 27)
Don’t let Satan rob you of the joy that God has for you this day. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” Then the blessings will flow from heaven and joy will flow from your heart!
Dear God, I want to thank you for taking care of me. I do not know where Josh and Joel are today but I want to ask you to bless them. Thank you for the lesson of joy that the memory of Josh brings to mind. Thank you for the joy that comes from trusting in you. Help me to do so in my weight loss journey and in everything else I do. In Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen.
“Joy is not the absence of suffering. It is the presence of God.”
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
-Corrie ten Boom, Clippings from My Notebook
“I am reminded of the advice of my neighbor. ‘Never worry about your heart till it stops beating.’”