Don’t Panic Mr. Mainwaring

Dad’s Army was always unmissable TV when I was growing up. Lance Corporal Jones was such an important character; one minute sharing his experiences of the Great War and the next minute worrying himself to death. We live in days when there seems to be so much to worry about.

We can’t get away from Brexit and all the various outcomes and scare stories. During my life there have been many anxious times. I remember once in my farming days, I had milked the cows as usual and the milk tanker had arrived at 8.00 a.m. The driver asked me which company supplied our farm with cattle feed. As soon as I told him he said, “I can’t take your milk. It may be contaminated with lead.” We then went through several worrying days not knowing what would happen to our cows; we didn’t know whether the lead had affected us (as we had been drinking the milk). Our income stopped overnight. The monthly milk cheque was our main source of income. We were not allowed to sell any cattle until they were tested. Of course, we still had bills to pay and we had to care of all the animals, not knowing what the future held.

Eventually everything got back to normal. We were compensated and there was no lasting damage to us or our cattle.

Most of what we worry about never happens. During these uncertain days, turn to Jesus in prayer. He will help you; He will calm you and send you His peace.

We will survive Brexit no matter what happens. Jesus said, “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?”