Thoughts on Life – Do Not Worry


The other day I was performing my weekly ritual of filling my wife’s car up with gas.  She’s a Jersey girl, and since New Jersey has made it illegal to pump one’s own gas, she has had limited experience doing it. Of course she knows how to pump her own gas, I just like to do it for her.  As I was standing there in the twilight of evening, the buzz of florescent lights overhead, I was deep in thought about the past day, focusing, as many of us do, on all the things that were still left to be done.  I must confess, that thinking about work and family responsibilities, the “to-do” list waiting for me at home next to the bills to be paid, and all the other chores and obligations left to be completed, I began to feel a little overwhelmed.  There just never seems to be enough time.  How was I going to get everything done?  Funny how big things become the longer we dwell on them.

Just then something caught my attention. Out of the corner of my eye, from underneath my car hopped a small sparrow.  He was pecking at some crumbs of food that had been dropped on the ground near the pumps.  He didn’t seem too troubled by my presence.  As he hopped, fluttered, and pecked I could feel a smile begin to spread across my face.  There I was wallowing in my worry as God was gently reminding me of His words,

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”  Matthew 10:29-31

I couldn’t help but chuckle and thank the Lord.  His word is true and He is so very faithful.  I needed to stop worrying and start fixing my thoughts on how great our God is.  If my worries and problem seem bigger the longer I dwell on them, wouldn’t my view of God exponentially be bigger as I fixed my thoughts on Him?  My friends, we cannot let our worries shape our view of God, we must allow our view of God to remove all worry.  Be encouraged in that and know that He loves you!