25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.30 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—you of little faith?31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
I can not tell you the countless times, I have worried over what will I wear, what will the girls wear, what will my husband wear.... how do I get the girls to consume more veggies? How will everything get done? How will everything get paid? On this morning, the Lord placed this hymn in my heart, “His Eye is on the Sparrow”. I began to read background scriptures for this verse. I became fixated on verse 26. It tells us to, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” Consider the birds... they do not hoard massive amounts in storage, they do not plant and they do not gather. YET....our Heavenly Father nourishes them... supplies their needs. Surely, He will do the same for me!
As school starts back, sometimes our anxiety can increase with meeting the demands that are associated with the back to school season. These anxieties can include transitioning our children from home to school for the first time, separation anxiety, meeting new people and developing new friendships, purchasing new clothes and school supplies, managing additional supports for children with special needs and seasonal depression. Whatever the anxiety, I am learning to trust God. Trust the people He has placed in my life. Trust the resources He has allowed in my community to have and take advantage of my access to such! Just as He watches over the sparrow...the Lord provides for me to meet my every need. I trust you God. I have faith in you God.
On this morning, I thank you for your peace. I thank you for your comfort. I thank you for Your Holy word. Your word tells me that just like you provide for the birds, you will provide for me. There is no need to worry, when my trust is in You. Lord, help me to sustain my faith. Help me to sustain my peace. Help me to experience your continued strength and comfort throughout the day.
Without you Father, I would surely fail. Thank you for your guidance, love and protection in all I do. Thank you for my children, thank you for my husband and thank you for my community. In your name, I give you praise and glory! Amen