“Therefore I tell you, 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?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

In the past when I’ve read this Scripture it’s been all about, “Do not worry.”  And yes, this is what the text says.  As one has said,

“Worry is practical atheism.”

But this time reading the Scripture I see something entirely different:  God’s Care.

Are you not much more valuable than the birds? (v. 26)

If God cares to make beautiful the grass of the field, will he not much care for you?  (v. 30)

It really comes down to faith.

Do we trust, believe and rely on God’s care for our practical needs?   If so, worry will vanish.

God cares.

Our heavenly father cares for what we eat, what we drink and what we will wear.  He knows we need these things.

It’s not about avoiding worry.  It’s about resting in that care.  That’s what Jesus is saying.

Your heavenly Father cares.

So rest.

It will be Ok.

There are more important things in life to occupy our thoughts.