Go Fishing!

“Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.”

Proverbs 12:25

My wife bought a humming bird feeder a couple of months ago and now numerous times a day the birds stop by on their travels through our neighborhood. I wonder if they view that feeder with the same excitement I view a new Mexican restaurant that opens up near my house? All I know is every time I see a bird feeding, Jesus words about caring for you and me found in Matthew 6:25-34 come to my mind, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

I know if you watch the news at all the world is becoming a more increasingly unstable place making it difficult to remain optimistic about the future. When I feel the stress of life building inside of me a saying that Pastor Chuck Smith was fond of immediately comes to mind, “never trade what you do know of what you don’t know.” Those simple words have brought me and many others tremendous comfort as we face times of uncertainty. God’s word is unchanging and we can trust everything God says. Change is inevitable but worry and fear are optional. God doesn’t force us to trust Him, He simply invites us to cast all of our cares upon Him because He cares for you!

Anthony Hopkins once said, “Today is the tomorrow you were so worried about yesterday.” I laugh at that saying because its so true. We worry about so many things. When I saw that quote it reminded me to worry less and trust Jesus a lot more. So, here is the invitation from scripture today. When you are beginning to become anxious with doubt and fear, instead of worrying, go fishing instead. Fishing? Yes, when you find yourself starting to worry try casting all of your cares upon Jesus knowing He cares about you! If it worked for Peter it can work for me and you!

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:6-7


Michael Osthimer




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