Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:25, 26, 29-32 NIV)
Isn’t that beautiful? Not just someone’s father. YOUR Father. Your Father, Mother, God is not waiting around for you to come around. God is not tapping His toes till you say the right prayer, or looking sadly down on you, wishing you’d really believe.
What IS God doing? God is loving His children; cherishing Her little flock, who depend entirely (if sometimes unknowingly) on God.
Does all the trying really hard, or all the worrying, or all the opinionated debating, or all the religiously motivated conflict, make God love us any more, or any less? If all our thought, all our worry, can’t add even one hour to this earthly experience, then how could our struggles and conflicts make a difference for actually acquiring success? Will worrying increase our ability to rest peacefully, or help us know that we are secure?
In a posting like this, filled with questions, you might think I’d have an answer to close off with. I don’t. Instead, I have an invitation for you to open the rest of your day with. Consider what it would be like, if your life was actually the effect of the existence of divine Life itself. Don’t try to ‘manifest what you want’ or live some kind of prosperity gospel. Instead, just see what it’s like to live as the effect of a Truth that is already complete. Cease your worries, even just for five minutes, and see what it is like to LISTEN for who you are, instead of trying to create yourself.
Try living out what Jesus was talking about, in the excerpt of the Sermon on the Mount that introduced this post. See what it is like, to live secure in the knowledge that you are deeply loved.