The Most Brilliant Observation

Sometimes the most brilliant observations are the most obvious. Like the day I realized that my children’s fears though irrational, were nevertheless fears, and should be approached as such, and not brushed off.

Recently, I’ve seen this principle at work in my study of the Bible, and in my wrestling through life. The other day, for example, I realized that Matthew 6:34 followed – are you ready for this? – Matthew 6:33. It was that obvious. It hit me over the head like an apple from a tree.

Anxiety wants to be my best friend, my constant companion. But, really, he’s not very much fun to have around. But somehow, I tolerate and, at times, welcome him. But frankly, I’d like him to leave.

Jesus tells us that Anxiety is not good company in Matthew 6:34.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Read in isolation, this is an exhortation to simply show Anxiety the door. But like the battered wife, mysteriously, I often lack the will to walk away from my abuser.

But read in context, while Anxiety still finds plenty of access to my heart, I find that there is a way to minimize his appeal.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (

The question is always the attachment of my heart. With my eyes longing for the glory of the kingdom of God, with my arms hanging on to the shepherd for my sheepish life, Anxiety’s influence dims.

But I can’t do this alone. It was a friend in my church who spoke to me about the impact of Matthew 6:33 in his life which reminded me of Matthew 6:34. It is the weekly worship with God’s people that redirects my attention and hunger to Jesus. It is the woman whom God gave me whose hugs and acceptance reminds me that God gives what I need even when I’m unworthy.

In the pantheon of brilliant observations, this is near the top.


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