“So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?'” Matthew 6:31
Last Thursday, when I turned on the sink to wash my hands, no water came out. I have to admit, I was more than unsettled by it. It’s not uncommon for our town to lose power, and therefore water, as most of us have wells with pumps that require electricity to work. But we had power that day.
I’ve gotten too comfortable over the years. I’ve begun to live as if I am entitled to clean running water, all the electricity I need, isles and isles of food in the grocery store to choose from, a car that can take me anywhere I want to go, and pockets of time when I can go and do fun things with my kids. I can’t remember the last time I praised and thanked God for any of that. It’s not until something is gone that I realize how blessed I was to have had it.
It’s not just water that can be gone in an instant. Good can be snatched from our lives with just a phone call from the doctor after lab work or an ultra-sound, the morning business meeting that ends in a lay-off, or that half a second when we take our eyes off the road while driving.
Being grateful may not change any of the bad from happening, but it does makes us more mindful of the good in our lives. It also helps us understand that we aren’t entitled to any of it; they’re all gifts from God. There’s a big difference!
It also shifts our dependency away from things and circumstances, and puts our dependency on God. That’s exactly where we are supposed to be, all the time, especially when things get tough. Instead of worrying, like Matthew 6:31 talks about, we are supposed to rely on God every moment, for every thing. Total trust and dependency on God may not lead to a life on Easy Street, but it will lead to a life where our basic needs are met, and we are at peace with what we don’t have.
It turns out that our water pump was shot. In just half a day, and A LOT of money later, we had running water again. But hopefully I’ve learned my lesson. The next time I turn on the tap, put the key in the ignition, or flip a light switch and nothing happens, I need to turn to God with complete faith, rather than default to worry.
Questions For Reflection:
* When something goes wrong in my life, do I default to worry, or do I default to God?
* Do I depend more on things and circumstances than I depend on God?
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