Lifting Worries

Youth Devotional Blog 05/19

Written by: Intern Sam B. Nguyen
Scripture Reading: Luke 12:22-34
My mornings are rather standard. I wake up at 7:30 (though that’s been looking more like 9:00 lately). I brush my teeth and set some water to boil. I take a shower and turn on the news. I make coffee and take a look at what the world has been like lately. And, as I’m sure we are all aware, the news has been almost overwhelmingly consumed by one particular topic: Coronavirus COVID-19. To be honest, it’s really hard to avoid it right now. The pandemic has so wholly consumed our lives and changed the ways that we live on a daily basis. It’s been getting harder and harder to approach the world with a level of hope, especially when I realize exactly how little I can do to affect my current situation. There’s a despair that has begun to undercut my morning coffee, lining it with an acrid bitterness that I just can’t seem to escape.

It’s an unpleasant experience.

This is only multiplied by the growing practical fears that we are all facing. From our jobs to our schools, we are seeing the physical parts of our lives change as well, not just the emotional. And that’s cause for worry for almost all of us. However, for those of us who place our faith in God, there’s a escape to the despair. In today’s passage, Jesus asks that we look outside our windows and at the natural world around us. Even as our stores close and our schools shut down, as our churches move into our living rooms and as our prayers becoming increasingly afraid, the birds are still singing. The ravens eat. The wild flowers grow. God has not become still in our lives. And just God cares for the birds and the trees, God will care for us.