Do Not Be Anxious
Dr. Michael D. Thomas
It was the second Tuesday of the month and a gorgeous Florida morning. Bonnie and I dropped our son John off at school and headed downtown. We were due to get on the air at Daystar radio at nine o’clock. Were always a bit early and we pulled up and parked across the street from the studio, waiting for Gary Linkus to arrive.
Bonnie turned to me and asked, What are you going to talk about?
We call our show Healing Journeys, and we talk about the upper cervical chiropractic that I practice and other alternatives to drugs and surgery. We also acknowledge the vital importance of Spirit in the wholeness that is health. I rarely plan ahead when I talk on the radio. I prefer to sit quietly and wait for inspiration. Today I turned to the Good Book to direct my words. I pulled my Bible out of my bag and opened it. The pages fell open to Matthew, and I began to read the red-lettered print to Bonnie.
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ˜What shall we eat? or ˜What shall we drink? or ˜What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the days own trouble be sufficient for the day.
We began to laugh. I had opened my Bible to find a way to talk about sickness and healing in the Light of Gods Love, and Jesus words could not have been more clear. Don’t think about your body or its sickness. Think about God! Trust God!
We know in our own lives, and also as we have stood with our patients in the midst of much infirmity, that it is so easy to lose this trust in a sea of pain, and also, that this trust can bring a peace that rises above any obstacle. Fear and anxiety move us away from our connection with God. Abiding Faith and Love let God back into our lives. Pain is a part of life, but suffering comes from separation. Its not always easy to hold onto our faith, to live in Love, but it is what we are here to do. And each time that we lose our trust, our faith, our connection, God is always waiting for us to return, with open arms. It doesn’t matter how many times this happens. If we can open our hearts to Love, we are never alone.
Gary pulled up and we all walked across the street to the studio. I thought about how the Faith and Love in Gary’s heart has manifested in this radio station that brings the Word of Gods Love to thousands of people every day. Even though I had come to talk about healthcare, I knew that there were some words I needed to say:
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life.