‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and bothered about so many things, but only one thing is needed.’ Luke 10:41-42a NIV
The plane was loaded, and the flight attendant came through to make sure all was in order. Seated across the aisle from me was a woman who had never flown before. The attendant quickly picked up on the waves of terror pouring off of her and stopped to reassure. ‘Look at my face,’ she said. ‘Do I look worried?’ The woman shook her head. ‘When you see me worried,’ said the flight attendant, ‘that’s when you can start worrying.’
Worry comes easy for me. What will happen if….? Did I say or do the wrong thing back there? And so on. When is God worried? Unless I’ve missed something in the Bible, I figure it’s never. I need to remind myself to look at his face. His expression can be loving (towards his children) or fierce (towards his enemies) or anguished (at the things his creation gets up to). But I don’t see him looking worried.
Maybe he’s saying to us, ‘Look at my face. You can be worried when you see me worried. Which is never.’
Prayer (as a couple)
Heavenly Father, help us to put all our worries into your lap and look at your face. We bring our specific worries to you now.:
Prayer (for others)
Lord Jesus, we especially pray for _______. Help them to trust you with their many worries, and show us how we can help in practical ways.
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” Corrie ten Boom