“You cannot keep birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” – Martin Luther
Minsan may isang seaman na nakaramdam ng sakit ng katawan, inakala niya na sya ay nagkaroon ng AIDS, kaya siya ay nag suicide, nagbigti sya at namatay. Sumulat siya sa kanyang asawa: “sorry love, my AIDS ako. Patawarin mo ako.” Nagkaroon ng post-mortem examination, but the medical experts found that he had fever but no AIDS. Maraming bagay ang pwedeng magpalungkot at magbigay ng sobrang alalahanin sa atin. Jesus made it clear not to worry about life. If the Lord said not to worry, why would you be worried? Kung dapat na alalahanin ang future eh di dapat pinaalalahanan tayo ng Diyos na sige mag worry ka.
In the Bible, enemies tried to kill David. He knew this but didn’t worry. He said, “The Lord is my shepherd. He leads me by still waters “. “The way I keep my sanity, the way I protect my peace is, on a regular basis, I go down to the still waters, and I empty out all my worry, all the fear, all the anxiety,” he said. He relaxed. Kalmado lang sya.
Alam mo ba that worry is a thief. Ang pag-aalala ay isang magnanakaw! It will rob you of your sleep at night. It will rob you of your joy, rob you of your creativity. Nawawala ang mga diskarte mo sa buhay dahil sa worry. You don’t make good decisions when you’re worried. Kaya gusto ko yong old time favorite song that says this: “He never promise that there will always be sunshine. He never promise that there will be no rain…Give them all to Jesus and He will turn your sorrows into joy.” Ibig sabihin kahit may mga problema, “may sakit ang anak ko, pero alam ko gagaling sya in Jesus name.” “May Maritess na naninira sa akin sa work ko, but God is my attorney, He will fight for me.” “Nawalan ako ng trabaho, but my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches and glory…” You’re not created to worry. Jesus said: “I came to give you the abundance of life and joy.” John 10:10.
Minsan nga, marami pero hindi naman lahat, kung sino pa yong mga Christians, sila pa yong “worriers”. Malungkot na kahit si Amorsolo hindi maipinta ang mukha dahil halatang halata na pasan ang daigdig na parang siya si Sharon Cuneta at Tonton Gutierrez. Ang susi ay ito: ipagkatiwala mo ang lahat sa kamay ni Hesus, and let Him carry your burdens. Jesus even invited you to do that: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls] – Matthew 11:28 AMP. He will give you rest and refresh your soul too.
Remember that boy in the Bible who had only 2 fish and 5 cookies of bread. It’s not enough to feed the 5,000 men (excluding women and children). The disciples were even asking Lord Jesus to send them all home. But Jesus said, let the people sit down. Everyone was worrying about what to eat. The boy “transferred” the insufficient foods to the hands of the Almighty God Jesus who multiplied the fish and bread. Nakakain lahat and there were 12 baskets left overs, para ipamukha sa lahat ng 12 disipulos na, kahit magtig-iisa pa kayong basket, hindi nyo kelangan mag-alala dahil kasama ninyo ako, sabi ng Panginoong Hesus. Dapat ganyan tayo mag-isip. If God is for us, nothing should stop us, nothing should stand against us. In the book of Romans 8: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” Kung talagang nasa iyo si Hesus, dapat hindi ka nag-aalala dahil ito ay nagpapakita ng lack of faith sa Kanya.
We are unsure of what the future holds but we all know who controls the future. Don’t let tomorrow ruin your today. Today is a gift. Yes, magplano para bukas, magtanim, mag-ipon at unahin ang mga bagay para sa Diyos. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.” Kapag inuna natin ang mga bagay na makalangit, lahat ng kailangan natin, God will provide it. Jesus said: “don’t worry about what to eat, what to wear etc etc…Alam ko kailangan nyo yan…pero unahin mo muna ang aking kaharian and I will meet your needs.” Ano ba ang sinasabi ni Hesus dito: dapat maging mabuti at mabait ka sa kapwa, mapagbigay, maging maunawain mahalin ang Diyos….yan ang mga bagay na dapat unahin natin because doing good to others is the highest fulfilment of God’s love to mankind.
Today, I have a very simple message for you: go to sleep. Matulog, maligo, kumain. Stop being anxious about everything. Stop trying to work it out. Just give your worries to God. Jesus told his followers, “I’m sending you out like sheep among wolves.” Sheep are very calm and quiet creatures. Hindi sila naiinis kung paano sila kakain or iinom. I’ve never seen a sheep have a nervous breakdown or walk around the fields pacing because it was nervous or upset. They always feel good because they are led by their shepherd. Like David he said: “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. I will not worry.”