Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Meditation~Worry Is Wrong

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Matthew 6:25-27 (NIV)

The Bible says, "Do not worry."                                            

That means it's a sin.

And I'm guilty.

Funny, I'm often the one reminding two people I love not to worry. (I hear your uh-huhs, girls.)

But I think I've fallen into the trap.

My dreams are a clear indication....Although I'm not sure what the one where I went into a perfect stranger's house and ate 1 1/2 pieces of some truly amazing pecan pie meant. Yep, I stopped right in the middle of the second piece and put it on the counter (hoping someone would finish it?) and snuck out of the house...worrying.

I even had a teacher nightmare! You know, the ones where you totally lose control of the class just as the principal comes in, or you don't have a thing planned and the students and the parents are there, or you're at school inappropriately dressed. The thing is, I'm retired!! Of course, it's my first year in retirement and I guess it takes a little while for it to get out of my blood.

This morning as I glanced out the window to the bird feeder, God whispered in my ear portions of Matthew 6:25-27. He's so personal.

Then as I had my quiet time, I read from Beth Moore's devotional book, Praying God's Word Day by Day. I was reminded to "walk by faith and not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7) She said, "Believing God closes the gap between our theology and our reality...."

Yes, the gavel came down.

As I continued in my quiet time, the words to Kari Jobe's song, Steady My Heart, echoed in my mind.

God is so real. His love is so great. And He's got us...right inside the palm of His hand.


Meredith said...

He is indeed so real and so personal! He has knocked my socks off over and over again in the last few months with his timeliness. The way he loves me is bring-me-to-my-knees awesome. And yet... we do lapse into worry every now and again, don't we? I think it's human. Thanks for the reminder today to not let it happen.

Susan Stilwell said...

I love that Kari Jobe song! And I'm laughing about your "pie dream." Pecan? I expected PEACH :)

I feel your pain with the tendency to look at the problem. It's like a wave that crashes over me. I'm staggering around, coughing up salt water and pushing my hair out of my eyes.

I'm thankful He's always there to pick me up and calm me down.

And I'm thankful for YOU, sweet Kristi. Enjoy your week with sweet baby Brooklyn!
Love you :)

Kristi Butler said...

Meredith, I love that God is knocking your socks off! You are such a blessing! Keep the faith, sweet sister!

And Susan, you make me laugh. It was mostly that yummy brown sugary goodness, light on the pecans. I do love that gooey part!! But yes, I'd rather have Famous Louise's peach!!! And especially if I was looking across the table at you! We need to go back. Love you!

sandi said...

HA!!! I was just about to say, "Did that pie come from Susan's house?" haha ....but seriously,
I love that you said, "He's so personal." Love, love that.

Hester's Heart said...

Thank you Kristi for sharing this. I must confess I'm laughing at your dream - I could see myself doing this too!

This is a great reminder.

Bless you, Hester ;)

Kristi Butler said...

Sandi and Hester, thank you for your kind words...and sharing with me in the craziness of pie dreams!!

I'm praying sweet blessings for you!!