“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?…Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6: 25-26, 34
The daily devotional book I use referenced this Bible passage today. Interestingly enough, the title for the section is “The Cure for Anxiety.” There is a lot of anxiety going around in my community today. Our representatives in Washington D.C. have little more than 14 hours to reach a budget agreement before the government will be shut down, and Senators aren’t even showing up until 2:00pm. People will be out of work and the pay that they depend on. There’s a bill in the works that helps those of us that rely on an active duty service member’s pay to support our family, but should it be rejected, military will report to work without pay until a budget is agreed upon. People are freaking out. Freaking. Out.
Rightly so. We are losing faith in our representatives. Their pay isn’t affected by a shut down. They have no real incentive to come to an agreement, it seems. They want to point fingers and pass blame. What will a government shut down prove? It’s not making me side with anyone, not even the people I voted for. I’m incredibly disappointed in general. They’re trying to make a point at the expense of a whole lot of hardworking Americans. I’d like to see what would happen if someone played chicken with their paychecks.
Regardless of what happens, I needed to read that passage in Matthew today. This particular situation is completely out of my hands. We have just received our end of month paycheck, and it could be the last for a little while. Do not worry. God will provide. If it becomes necessary, let’s band together and help our neighbors and friends, and remember that we are all in this mess called life together.