The other day I unexpectedly found myself in the ER, after going to the doctor for what I thought would be to get a prescription for a sinus infection. My face was quite swollen, tender and the swelling came up within a few hours, so the doctor wanted me to get some treatment I would be unable to get in the doctor’s office. He mentioned that facial swelling is too close to the brain, and he wouldn’t waste a moment seeking the treatment. My blood pressure spiked very high because I was in a bit of fear.
It is natural for us to worry about things, but Jesus told us not to worry. Just after He told the parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:13-21) who worried about storing up treasures here on earth, He tells us why we shouldn’t worry. “Then Jesus said to His disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.'” (Luke 12:22)
I could have stayed in the fear, but instead I chose to reach out to some sisters-in-Christ to pray for me and the doctors and nurses in the ER. I was taken care of and given a diagnosis, mediation, and told how to follow up. This morning I read Luke 12 and was reminded that we are not to worry, instead we are to turn to the Lord for everything. “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, 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, how much more will He clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” (Luke 12:27-31)
We are first to seek Him in faith, follow where He leads, and then “these things will be given to you as well”. Seeking the Lord is seeking to do His will, not ours. It is seeking to look to what He wants us to do for His kingdom, not concentrate on our own agendas. It is fully loving and trusting Him. Jesus ends this particular passage, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:34) When we seek to put His purposes ahead of our own, the Lord will meet our needs. It’s a promise, and He keeps all promises!