Driving home from Birmingham this week, I noticed a road sign, “Beware of falling rocks.” Hmmm…what does one do with such a warning? Should I pull over and park and look up for falling rocks? Should I slow down so that I can swerve and miss the rocks? Or should I speed up, trying to outrun the potential avalanche?
Sometimes we are tempted in life to worry about ominous falling rocks. The temptations usually come in the form of “what ifs.” “What if our child never turns back to the Lord,” “What if our finances continue to be a struggle,” “What if I can’t make amends with that friend.” Such worry is as useless as the warning, “Beware of falling rocks.” There is no action step we can take, nothing positive in wondering, “what if.”
What ifs can paralyze and cause us to “park, stopping any progress in our walk of faith. Or our fears may cause us to be so cautious that we never step out and dare to live fully for God. Or maybe our “what ifs” make us so afraid of failure that we run at full speed, accomplishing the urgent at the expense of the eternal.
Jesus said, “Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or drink, or your body, what you will put on. Isn’t life worth more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? Matthew 6:25-26
As I thought about all my worries, God reminded me to look up, not for falling rocks, but to look at the birds and to thank Him.