Day 169 – A Lesson From the Flowers and Fields
On: April 18, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you – you of little faith!  And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Luke 12:27-31

This final verse was the first one I memorised when, many years ago, I started out on my journey of faith.  Actually, I learned the fuller version reported in Matthew’s gospel (6:33-34): “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” 

For years, the following verses, written on a card, sat discreetly on my desk at work: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

I’ve just spotted, as I write, a newspaper article about people swept to their death by an avalanche on a mountainside. One minute, living life to the full; the next minute, gone. I am disturbed as I ponder this: human life is so small, so fragile.

How does all this fit together? We want to be in control of our lives. We can achieve some control over some aspects, but the harder we try to gain control, the greater the worry that is likely to gain control of us. If we will learn a lesson from the flowers and fields, they have no choice but to trust their Maker for their daily needs. They “live for the day”, giving their best today and not getting worked up about tomorrow, over which they have no control.

Is this Kingdom living – focussing on the here and now? Trusting that He will provide? Not providing worry with the soil to grow in? The senior manager in me wants to argue back, with something along the lines of: “To fail to plan is to plan to fail”. Let’s leave that thought hanging in the air. Over the next couple of days we’ll be giving it further thought.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Prayer:

Father God, I worry so much about things that are often out of my control and usually never end up as bad as I fear. Remind me to bring to You all my concerns, placing them at Your feet and resting in Your peace. Amen

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