That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? [Matthew 6:25a,27 (NLT)]
While it’s been years since seeing a Mad magazine, I still remember the goofy face of Alfred E. Neuman that often graced its cover along with the phrase “What, me worry?” Neuman looked like he didn’t have a care in the world and, being a fictional character he didn’t. I wonder, however, about the artists and editors who had to come up with a new cover idea for this fellow every month. Did they ever worry about getting their work done?
I often write about trusting God for his provision but confess that, since I’ve rarely been challenged by scarcity, it’s been rather easy to trust in Him. Facing what I fear could soon become an empty cupboard, it’s not so easy. No, bankruptcy is not looming—it’s neither food nor money but rather my supply of devotions that is rapidly diminishing. It’s been a hectic summer and I’m posting devotions faster than I’m writing them. As I watch my stockpile diminish, I fear devotional bankruptcy! I’ve started to worry and fear is replacing my faith in God’s provision.
In yesterday’s devotion, I asked “When is enough enough?” When I wrote those words several months ago, I had an abundance of devotions in my unposted drafts folder. It wasn’t difficult trusting God to provide me with words and writing time when several months’ worth of devotions were already written; I truly had more than enough. Trusting Him now, when I have only a few weeks’ worth of devotions in reserve, is far more difficult. Although I want more than enough, God is showing me that “just enough” is all I need. Even though I have begun to see the bottom of the rain barrel, God is asking me to have faith and trust in His provision of water.
Today, I place this mission in God’s hands and will trust Him to continue to provide me with inspiration, words, and time for writing. Proceeding without having a drafts folder jam-packed with several months of devotions feels a bit like feeding 5,000 with a few loaves and fishes. I’ll just have to step out in faith and trust that, if it’s in His plan, the basket will never get empty. Life’s not a fairy tale so, unlike the shoemaker and the elves, trusting God’s provision doesn’t mean I will miraculously find new devotions in my drafts folder each morning. But, if I continue to prayerfully focus on God’s word and trust in Him, He will continue to give me everything I need to do His work. What, me worry? No way—at least not as long as I trust Him for today, knowing that tomorrow is also safely in His hands.
Beware of despairing about yourself; you are commanded to put your trust in God, and not yourself. [St. Augustine]