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In the movie “I am Legend,” the main character, played by Will Smith, is the last person left where he lives after a worldwide pandemic has wiped out everyone around. He isn’t even sure there is anyone else left. And every night, he has to protect his property from zombies.
In one scene he is singing, of all things, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”
Don’t worry, but be happy under his circumstances? Who can imagine?
Recently I listened to a sermon about worrying. At one point the pastor proclaimed, “Worrying is stupid.” The pastor said we should think about hummingbirds. How amazing they are, with their little wings fluttering so fast they can hardly be seen and their beautiful colors. The pastor said if God designed that little bird as carefully as he did, then imagine his care in fashioning humans, who are made in his image.
Of course, this comparison reminded me of the scriptures Luke 12:22-29: “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what will you put on…Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap…and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?...Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet …Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these…And do not…have an anxious mind…”
During this current time in our nation’s history, it’s easy to worry, isn’t it? Who will get the virus? When will it end? Who will win the next election? And what will be the outcome of all the rioting and protests? What will be the fate of our nation in the next number of years as a result of all these things?
But worrying is “stupid,” in the sense that we know God is good and that He will work everything out according to His will. So, we can relax, pray and trust in Him.
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.