It’s easy for fear to overwhelm and paralyze us. And even more so when it spreads like fire throughout our communities. But when the world is gripped in fear we must stay grounded and carry on with our works of love.
Jesus teaches us not to worry. But we often hold these teachings as quaint and not really applicable to our modern day concerns.
Yet his teachings are relevant for us today and provide a major lifeline during the storms of life.
When we worry our minds our dominated by things we cannot control. We fret and play out many worse case scenarios. But all our ruminating has no direct impact on the outcome.
Of course we should count the cost and diligently prepare for the many storms that are sure to come.
But there’s a clear difference between wisely preparing and anxiously worrying.
And Jesus reminds us that our Father already knows all our needs.
He is a good God and we can trust him. He is still in control and his power to provide has not been diminished in the slightest.
As such, we can simply carry on – despite the prevailing winds of anxiety and fear around us.
Instead of becoming paralyzed with fear, we can humbly continue our practice of love and our work of bringing more light and goodness into the world.
In short, we surrender the outcome of the storm to God, stay grounded in his presence, and continue the work he has called us to do.
While remaining flexible to adjust to the needs of each moment, the novelty of our particular storm does not distract from our work of love and living life to the full.
Weather the storm. But do not worry. And carry on.