Fall semester was brutal. I was knee-deep in 17 units (5 classes), a part-time job, and running a student organization as President. My days were packed with 5 to 6 hours of class a day, making it hard to find time to study. Despite the hardship, last Fall was also a semester of exciting firsts –the first time I’ve slept less than four hours before a midterm, the first time I went to a bar, the first time I made it on the Dean’s List, and the first time I dined at Chez Panisse, one of the best restaurants in the world!
I am reminded of this passage when I reflect upon this time. Jesus says in Matthew 6:25-34:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
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—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.“