The Mouse Trap

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin..”

Matthew 6:25-28

I am going to be honest here and tell you that this verse straight up irritated me years ago. It put me off because I did the EXACT opposite of what it said. I worried about the clothes I wore and the food I ate. A huge part of my life was about managing my food intake and the way my body looked. I controlled that part of my life with a fine tooth comb.

How could God tell me not to worry?

How could God tell me not to care about my health?

How could He this, and how could He that...

And that was my problem. I didn’t see this verse as love and a chance for freedom. I saw it as accusation and carelessness on God’s part.

Conviction, much?

For years, over a decade really, I’ve worried about my body,