This piece is based on the New Testament passage Matthew 6:25-34 and a sermon by Rev. Leo Schuster; however, similar messages can be found in other religions.
Mahatma Ghandi says: “There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.”
Buddha tells us: “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
The Bible passage from Matthew makes the case for not worrying, especially about material things, and instead having faith in God. He talks about the fact that God takes care of the birds in the sky and the lilies in the field which are lesser creatures than humans, so why do we think he would not take care of us? The passage also tells us not to worry about tomorrow as it will not add a single hour to our lifespan.
Painting Symbology: The yellow drops around the heart represent sweat and worry in your heart. The birds in the sky and the flowers in the field are a reminder that God takes care of these creatures so he will also take care of you. The clock in the flower represents the time that you can not get back from spending it worrying instead of enjoying today, your life and those around you. It is also a reminder that it will not help your health or add any hours to your day. When you consider worry, it is really just a grasp for control of things in your life. This control is symbolized by the power, pause, play and stop buttons. When you have faith, you realize that you cannot control all things in your life so you must let go of the worry and give it over to God. The crosses in the flowers represent having faith in God’s plan for you and the heart, peace and ying-yang symbols represent the peace, love and shalom you will have in your heart when you let the grasp for control go to God. The rising sun represents the passage’s statement to not worry about tomorrow, but the exclamation marks as the sun’s rays explain that the message of this passage is not telling you to throw caution to the wind. You can and should indeed be cautious. The message is to not be obsessive and have worry consume you, your day, your health and impact others around you. Have faith in God’s plan and you will have peace and joy in your days.