So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Matthew 6:28-29, NKJV
The expression is impossible to mistake. A downward glance. A vacant stare. Eyes with no light. Lips with no smile. A mind consumed with all the things that could go wrong, perhaps mixed with a few of the things that already have. The idea of a “worry wart” comes from the cartoon strip Out of Our Way by J.R. Williams, which ran from 1922 to 1977, and falsely alluded to warts being skin conditions caused by worry. In this passage, Jesus teaches worry doesn’t get us anywhere. Without it, the birds still eat and the lilies are still clothed. God knows what we need.