A 2012 article in Psychology Today said that anxiety disorders are “the most prevalent mental disorders in the United States.” They affect 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or about 18% of the population. I think it’s safe to say that we worry too much!
I’ve been thinking about Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:25-34, as it’s a rather significant section where Jesus tells us to stop worrying. Verses 28-29 stands out to me as Jesus says, “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.”
I got to wondering about the lilies. They’re beautiful in spite of the fact that they don’t toil or spin. Now that’s a curious phrase I had to think about. The word “toil” refers to work and the word “spin” refers to the spinning of yarn – yarn which could be used for clothing. Jesus is saying, “Look at the lilies. They don’t have to work to be beautiful – God just made them that way! In fact, Solomon, in all of great wealth, was never clothed as beautifully as one of these.”
See, God provides for the lily and He will also provide for you. Worry is just a senseless activity. “Lord, when things all around me become frightening and make me uneasy, help me keep my eyes on You. Help me trust You completely.”