Rev. Richard L. Leggett
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry 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, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” Matthew 6:25-27
One day I was playing golf over in Houston at Wildcat Golf Course. One of the holes runs alongside a street. We pulled up to the tee box across the street. In the pasture there was an old donkey. It looked at me, I looked at him. Being an old country boy I walked across the street to pet the old donkey. He seemed to enjoy the attention. He was chewing his grass, getting a back scratch, and I saw water over in the distance. He had everything he needed I suppose; grass to eat, water to drink, and some crazy golfer scratching his back. And clearly, somewhere an owner that cared for him. What more could a donkey ask for? He was happy and appeared not to have any worries.
How about you? Is your life full of worries? Have fears and doubts filled your life? Maybe you have become the voice of doom and gloom. How about taking some advice from the Lord Jesus Christ. He raises some good points. He states it clearly, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink…is not life more than food?” Often, we worry so much about things thatwe lose our joy of life. Back in the book of Genesis we find that God clothed Adam & Eve. When the Israelites were in the desert God provided water from a rock, manna from heaven, and quail to eat. Christ himself fed the thousands. Throughout the Scriptures we find God caring for His people. Doesn’t the Lord always take care of us? Isn’t His love always with us? Why do we worry about so many things? A few verses down we find:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” v.33
So maybe take a lesson from the old donkey today. The grass is good, the water is good, a back scratch is good, and the owner has all under control.