Consider the lilies…

Today was one of those awful days that I wish I could call “do over.” A day when it seemed all I was capable of doing was worry. Sin and Satan got the better of me and I failed. I worried about money. I worried about Laura. I worried about my health and the fact that I didn’t work out today or yesterday. I worried about our upcoming trip to Michigan. Worry, nothing but worry. 

I truly despise days like today when I get stuck in my vicious sin cycle. When my perceived need to be in control overrides a trust in God. When I believe that if I don’t have and execute a plan to maintain this life around me that all will fall to pieces. Somehow I get it in my head that if I am not the little puppet master no one in my life will be able to function, we’ll lose our home, and all will fall apart. 

I talked to my sister about some of it and she reminded me of a section of God’s Word that I forget about a majority of the time:

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[b]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27 “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 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, O you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:22-34
Jesus lovingly calls me out in this portion of His Word. He, full of patience and grace, reminds me that my Father in heaven cares enough to fill the grassy meadows with lilies, He most certainly cares enough to make sure that me and my little family are cared for, given food, and provided with shelter. Jesus gives the comfort that even the ravens & sparrows are given food by God’s hand; surely He will give infinitely more to me, lowly and undeserving as I am.     
Just as Mollie reminded me of God’s amazing promises, so did Laura in a way. As I was rocking her to sleep, I was singing her favorite, “Jesus Loves Me.” As I was singing she stopped drinking her bottle, gave me a big smile, and clapped her hands. Her joy was obvious. Mine was not today. I have so much more to thinking of besides worries. Not only does my Father take care of my earthly needs, He has taken care of my greatest need. There’s no need to worry about such trivial things here on earth because He has prepared a place just for me in His heavenly kingdom. He reminds me to trust in His Son, Jesus, who won that place for me by his life, death, and resurrection. He doesn’t suggest but commands that I place me trust in Him and not worry, rather have a peaceful & calm heart.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God[a]; trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-3

What more can I possibly ask for? God has taken care of even the smallest of creatures here on earth, given me all that I need & more. He has an eternal home waiting for me already. That is true comfort & peace, given to me inspite of days like today, despite my worries, and all for His glory.
Dear Father,
Thank you for the promises and reassurances You give me in Your word. Thank you for caring for me regardless of my sinfulness. Forgive me for doubting and worrying. Grant me a peaceful night reminded of Your grace and mercy.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen. 


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