Give it to God
Have you ever been overwhelmed with stress, anxiety, worry? We have all had at least a handful of these moments. In everyday life, as you get older, there is the worry that comes with choosing and succeeding in a job, possibly school, raising a family. Whichever vocation you discern, there will be it's own stress. Bring COVID into the mix, and there is a completely overwhelming sense of anxiety in the mix. When listening to a podcast yesterday, the speaker made an enlightening point, that whatever we were dealing with that brought us stress before COVID, definitely has become a greater stress since. Isolation doesn't help this matter. However, Jesus tells us that we don't need to worry, that we can let things go and learn to give God the load we bear. We all have crosses that weigh us down, but they're not impossible. God helps us to face what we feel may be overbearing and darkness and helps us find hope, joy, and to see the light. What have you been stressing over lately? It's time to give it to God!
Today's Gospel states: 'And he said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, nor about your body, what you shall put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass which is alive in the field today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O men of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be of anxious mind. For all the nations of the world seek these things; and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things shall be yours as well' (Luke 12:22-31).
In today's reading, Jesus tells us not to be anxious for any reason. Not for providing for ourselves when it comes to food, clothing, a roof over our heads. Not for the stress that comes to pass. If you're someone who jumps to the negative often when stress comes your way, it may be time to consider some ways to connect closer with God to help ease that stress. You could look to starting your morning or ending the day with quiet prayer and reflection. Possibly having a quiet prayer space in your home that you can go to for prayer and reflection. Taking time to read the bible and really listen for how God may be speaking to you. Take some time today to give any stress you have to God and ask Him to help you focus on the joy.
Today we pray:
Thank You for the joy that comes in a new day. Guide me and help me where I may be stressed and help me to focus on the joy and hope that You bring me. I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.