I must confess I am a terrible Auntie – I made my 5-year-old nephew cry recently. We were having a chat about what why we have a little finger. I suggested that we needed them so that we can stick them in the air while drinking tea with the Queen. This went down very well & we all practiced drinking with little fingers extended (its harder than it looks!).
But I went too far – I said that if we are going to drink tea with the Queen we would have to eat cucumber sandwiches! We all said ‘Yuk! we don’t like cucumber sandwichs’ and went on to talk about something else. After a few minutes I realised that my littlest nephew was looking a bit worried and twisting his fingers together. When I asked what was wrong the bottom lip began to quiver and a big tear plopped down: ‘I don’t like cucumber sandwiches!’ We had a chat and decided that should the Queen invite us to tea we could do one of two things: Write back and say thank you but we are too busy, or we could go and take a pot of jam with us.
It made me think about how much time we spend worrying about things that may never happen. The bible tells us again and again to stop worrying about what we cannot control:
Matthew 6:27-34 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
We waste so much energy worrying about what may happen that we can ruin today by worrying about tomorrow. Let’s give up worrying about is beyond our control and know that if the Queen does invite us to tea we can bring her a pot of jam as a gift & a hint!