Today's Lectionary Text
And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
I am a champion worrier. I have tried (semi-successfully) to put a positive twist on my ability to worry by naming it a “spiritual gift” of identifying the “what ifs” for any particular situation in order to be better prepared.
That said, I try to not let my “gift” for worrying keep me from action. I remember when my brother and I registered for a “Try Scuba” training while on a family vacation. I had no problem with the training itself. I had a huge problem with taking that first step (leap) off the boat deck into the open water. What if I forgot how to properly hold the regulator (the part that helps you breathe underwater)? What if I had a problem while 20 feet down and I forgot the signs I learned that morning? What if I didn’t like the experience?
Long story cut short, I made the leap – and I absolutely loved the experience. I may have called out something semi-inappropriate in mid-leap, but I made the leap! I took the plunge. I trusted in the training. I trusted that even if I got nervous, scared or had a problem, there would not only be someone there with me, but that I would still have had the experience of scuba diving.
Sometimes I think our faith journey is a bit like that leap off the boat into the water. We may have had some training. We may think we know what to expect. We may have a lot of worries about what could go wrong or be unexpected. This scripture reminds me to stop worrying and take the plunge for God “delights in giving you the kingdom.”
--Rev. Karen Jeffcoat
Registrar, Board of Ordained Ministry
Prayer for Reflection
For all the times we are distracted, for all the times we lose ourselves in worry, Lord, remind us trust in you and take the plunge. Amen
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