When my first daughter, Sophie, was a toddler, my wife asked me to pick up some chicken nuggets at the store. She gave me one instruction: make sure to get the organic chicken nuggets. At the store, I grabbed the bag of organic chicken nuggets. As I was walking to the register, I noticed the price and gawked. I was about to pay big bucks for a small bag of chicken nuggets. I went back to the frozen food aisle to find the generic brand of chicken nuggets. This bag was double the size of the organic ones and half the price. I knew I’d be getting the wrong kind of chicken nuggets, but I thought my wife would be proud of my economical selection.
After I arrived home, I proudly sat the jumbo sized bag of cheap chicken nuggets down on the kitchen counter. I was expecting a thank you and maybe a kiss. What I got was furrowed eyebrows and the question, “What is this?” We spent the next hour fighting about how insensitive I was to buy cheap chicken nuggets and how frivolous Amanda was to ask me to buy the expensive brands. It was a mess. We were up to our eyeballs in allegations and finger pointing. This was a bad fight, and it was all about chicken nuggets... or was it?
During this time in our lives, the economy was in the news a lot. A real estate market that had created a bubbled economy had suddenly burst. I was at a job I was fearful of losing, and Amanda had recently quit her job to stay home with Sophie. We were racking up credit card debt and asking for help from our parents in order to pay our bills. Amanda was a first time mom. She had read all the latest articles about providing healthy food for your family. She was positive the only way to secure our child’s future good health was to buy all organic (and expensive) food.
So what were we arguing about? On the surface, our argument was about chicken nuggets, but the real argument was going on under the surface the whole time. We were scared. Fear had gripped me and my pocket book and convinced me that I needed to scrimp and save every penny. Fear had gripped Amanda and convinced her that if we didn’t buy the most organic products possible, our baby’s future health would be in jeopardy. Fear had captured our minds, and it filtered down into our hearts. We were gripped to the point that we were willing to scream at each other about something as non-threatening as dinner food.
Jesus knew we would have fear. It was one of his first teachings. He rolls seamlessly from topic to topic in the 6th chapter of Matthew until he gets to his teaching on fear: “Look at the birds of the air: they need neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them …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.”
Your future is taken care of. You can scrimp and save to keep a penny, but Jesus has all the money in the world. You toil and spin and try to plan for your life, but Jesus has all the materials you need for your life. We are like those little toy cars that can’t work unless someone winds them up. Every time you read the Scriptures and remember, “Oh yeah, Jesus has got this; I don’t have to worry,” we are being wound up one more time. Spend time in the word today. Hear from Jesus. Take time to remember where all the money comes from and Who is taking care of your future -- He is, and it is His pleasure to do it.