Saturday, September 17, 2016

Larks and lilies

Once more today I find myself sitting at Jesus' feet near the sea of Galilee to listen to a message he gave over 2,000 years ago.  It's profound.  It's centering and it reminds me of two things-  God loves me and he is taking care of me.

Today I need those reminders.  I won't go into detail, but let me simply say, when things like this happen, it's time to pray!  And so I find myself here,

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

So, don't worry.  It's sad how often God has to remind me that he is King of everything.  

Once in a while, like Peter, I take my eyes off of him and look at the wind.  As I look at the wind I lose sight of his face, his hand, his care and I become afraid.  

In his kindness he gives me birds and flowers to remind me he is there and cares.

Thank you, Father, for larks and lilies and your constant care for them.  Thank you too for caring for us.  You are wonderful!

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