Matthew 6:28-29 & 34 ~ And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I love flowers and working in my flower beds. I come by it honestly being the granddaughter of a farmer and a grandmother with a wonderful green thumb. My favorite flowers are lilies. There is just something about a lily that draws me more than any other flower. I love the multiple vibrant colors they come in. There is also a simple elegance to a lily flower that I love.
While lilies are beautiful, there is also a fragileness to them. They only last several days once they bloom, and do not hold up to the storms or weather that comes. Many times our lives feel extremely fragile. We wonder if we will be able to withstand the storms of life that come our way. We face a future that feels uncertain and nobody knows what it will bring day to day.
While looking at my lilies the other day, I was reminded of the verse above. My flowers are beautiful but other than putting the bulbs in the ground last fall, I have not done anything to them. I had to trust once the bulbs went in the ground, they would grow come springtime. Worrying about my flowers over the winter would not cause them to grow or protect them from the harsh winter weather. God is the only one who could cause the bulbs to grow. If He can create beautiful flowers for us to enjoy and takes care of them daily, why as humans do we consistently worry about the little things in life? I am included in this, I am a born worrier. I recently lost my job and am now wondering and worrying about the next steps in my career, and the impact this has on my family.
In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus gives us a whole passage on not worrying. He reminds us constantly worrying cannot change anything in our lives. God is the only one who can change our circumstances, and He is in control. He gives us the strength to withstand the storms of life and makes paths possible when we see no path in front of us. If He can create flowers that He states are finer than any clothes the richest man who ever lived wore, than somehow and someway He will take care of me in all circumstances life brings.