Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…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?
I stood at the kitchen counter,
grinding coffee to brew a fresh pot for my family—
my mind spinning with the grinder.
But my whirling thoughts produced nothing useful.
And the coffee? The coffee turned out too weak to drink.
That moment at the coffee pot was a moment of clarity for me.
As I poured out the weak coffee and started again,
I was reminded that worry robs me of energy,
while adding nothing of value to my life.
I realized that once again I had abandoned
the present moment and the task at hand
and visited the imaginary “Land of the Worry-filled Future.”
I refilled the coffee pot with fresh water,
taking in a few easy breaths, reflecting on the truth
that my part is not to figure everything out on my own.
My part is to rest in God’s care,
listening for God’s whisper of guidance,
one step at a time.
I talked with God as I ground new coffee beans,
asking God to help me to notice
when I am whirling with worry
so I can breathe and simply pray:
“Thank you, God, that you will show me what to do.
Thank you for the ways you will provide.”
This post is from Juanita’s book: Grace Rises