I went to National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help also known as Redemptorist Church and colloquially the Baclaran Church today and I saw a lot of pigeons on the way to the main church.
When I saw the bird, I was slapped on my face and I was reminded of this bible verse from Matthew:
“That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and what you are to wear. Surely life is more than food, and the body more than clothing!
Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they are?”
The Lord provides, so why worry?
One morning Death was walking into a city when a man stopped him and asked what he was doing. Death answered, “I’m going into the city to kill 10,000 people.” The man replied, “That’s terrible that you would kill 10,000 people.” Death responded, “Taking people when their time has come is my job. Today I have to get my 10,000.”
Later, as Death was coming out of the city, the man met him. Again, he was furious. He said, “You told me this morning that you were going to take 10,000 people, but 70,000 died today.”
Death answered, “Don’t get mad at me. I only took 10,000. Worry killed all the rest.”
Worry has an uncanny knack for killing people.
The poet Robert Frost (1874–1963) wrote, “The reason why worry kills more people than work is because more people worry than work.”
For many people, worry has become so ingrained in their personalities that once the old worries are gone they search for new ones. They’ve become dependent on worry as a lens through which to view life, and they’ve forgotten any other way to live.
Is there reason to be worried today?
Most people would say there is. High energy costs, a worsening economy, rogue nuclear nations, threats of terrorism, widespread job layoffs, and tension in the Middle East—all these make for uncertain times.
Fortunately, in the midst of a world of “worry-warts,” Jesus isn’t worried.
If you’re a chronic worrier, here’s a suggestion you might find helpful.
First, find a shoebox. Tape the lid on, and then cut a little hole in it. Call it your “worry box.”
Whenever you feel tempted to worry, write your worry on a piece of paper and drop it in the box.
You can say, “Lord, this is my concern, and it has the potential to become a worry. You have told me not to worry, so here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to put it in my worry box and let You take responsibility for it. Anything that I put in this box will be there because I can’t handle it. Once it’s in the box, I’m going to trust You to handle it for me, Lord.”
God asks you to take a leap of faith and trust in His ability. He is trustworthy and He alone can meet your needs. So trust Him today.