Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? Matthew 6:25
“No, Mom! They can’t have that. Red food coloring makes them hyper and grumpy!”
“I can’t eat this. Pasta isn’t gluten free.”
“Is this celery organic?”
“Mom, throw this out. This yogurt expired yesterday!”
After two days of rebukes and dietary restrictions coming from my children, I was about to “go off” myself. Nearly all the dishes I had prepared were now enemies of the state rather than family favorites.
When one of my daughters reached for a bottle of catsup to make cocktail sauce, I heard her husband ask, “Does that have high fructose corn syrup in it?” At this, I decided to drop my dishrag and take the dogs for a walk.
Some believe we shouldn’t bother God with petty things like lost keys and special orders for range-free poached eggs, but I believe His unconditional love includes the small stuff too.
I prayed. “Lord, when did the food I thank You for at every meal become poison? Should I worry? I feel ignorant, insulted, angry, and unappreciated. Help me, Lord.”
Jesus never seemed to worry. In fact, He almost seemed insulted that those He taught would consider it. Christ knew His Father was a God of His word, a keeper of promises, and He tried to help us understand that God had our backs. He provides our needs.
Through the tender voice of His Holy Spirit, I heard Him speak to me. “Look at the birds. I take care of them and I’ll take care of you. Do not be fearful about what you will eat or drink. Trust Me and remember, life is about love, not food.”
My peace restored, I rejoined my vegetarian, dairy-free, filtered-water-bottle-drinking family. I prayed for His love to free and protect us from the bondage of fear while I cheerfully asked, “Would you like Stevia or Blue Agave sweetener?”
The next time worry overtakes you, remember our great and awesome God has your back. Send worry back where it came from and trust God to handle the rest.
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Penny Hunt, a.k.a., “The Change Speaker,” is the wife of a career Naval Officer/Attaché and mother of five (yours, mine and ours). Her speaking and writing encourage and equip people from all walks of life in navigating the choppy waters of change. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and author of an Amazon.com bestselling children’s book, Little White Squirrel’s Secret. She is a contributor to the Chicken Soup series; Fighting The Fear At Home and columnist for the Edgefield Advertiser of Edgefield County, SC. A popular speaker with a meaningful message, Penny resides with her husband, Bill, in the rural peach-growing region of South Carolina.