Matthew 6:34 says: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
I’m not 100 percent sure why, but this verse really stuck out to me this Wednesday morning as I was watching huge snowflakes outside my window casually turn into sleet, and then into freezing rain. The snow can be beautiful, but dangerous for those traveling to work. Some may even refer to it as a hassle, especially when you may be on a deadline.
If you’re like most of the community, you probably ran out to the grocery story to stock up on your “snow” items, otherwise known as items you didn’t need electricity to cook. As I worried about what all I could accomplish at home before a possible power outage occurred, or what I would do if I was unable to get work done from home, this verse in Matthew came to mind.
It’s quite possibly one of my favorite verses in the Bible. I have to repeat it a lot. You see, I’m what you would call a “worry wart.” I worry about things that haven’t even happened yet, and may never happen. It’s just what I’ve always done. Sometime it’s a daily chore to remind my brain to stop, breathe, and let God take control.
What this verse in Matthew is trying to say is pretty straight forward. It begins at verse 25, going into the thought of not worrying about what we will eat, drink, wear, because the body is indeed made of more than food, drink, or clothing. Our bodies are temples of God, made to honor him and live for him.
God wants us to stop following our own wills and desires, and simply trust in him and what he’s already planned out for our lives. He does, after all, know how many hairs are on our head, and back to that tomorrow we’re worrying about — he already knows how that will end as well!
A pastor of mine once told me that, “Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair — it gives you something to do, but it never gets you anywhere.”
I think that’s how we need to look at worrying when it comes to God. He has our lives in his hands and he will always be there with us to protect us, no matter what obstacles (including snow) may come our way.
On that note, I think I’ll sit back, and take time today to enjoy the beautiful snow once again from my window.
Elyssa Parnell is a staff writer for The Newberry Observer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Views expressed in this column are those of the writer only and do not represent the newspaper’s opinion.