Is your mind troubled and weary? Why not take Jesus’ advice?
First, take a walk, preferably in the woods. Or, sit on your deck or porch.
Second, change the attention of your mind. Let your mind focus on the things you see and hear around you. Notice the trees, the flowers, the birds, the animals, the reptiles, the bugs, etc.
Now think about them. Why do they do what they do? Who takes care of them? Are they total strangers to the world that so deeply troubles you? Can you begin to see in them the joy of being simply what God made them to be and intended them to be?
This is Jesus’ advice in Matthew 6:25-34. It is what he is showing his disciples to do to calm their minds from the worries that want to dominate.
Then he gives us something to remember. Our Father in heaven knows our needs and provides for us because he cares for us far more than he does for the birds, flowers or other creatures.
Then he gives us something to do. Seek God’s kingdom and his righteousness above everything else, and the things we need will be given to us as well.
Is my priority to be what God made me to be? To walk in his likeness and image? To be what he made them to be is the key to the peace and contentment we see in his creatures around us. Perhaps he gave them to us to show us the way.