Devotionals

Look at the Lilies

“Look at the lilies of the field” is running through my head today. Last night I had an unexpected bout of anxiety. When I examined its source, I realized (as always) that I have little to worry about. Am I really believing that by worrying I can add anything to myself? Will it change the outcome? Of course not.

Yet it’s hard to stop worrying using just logic sometimes. My mind is so used to anxiety that it’s a go-to whenever I’m trying something new or really want something to happen. I have to actively examine and surrender my anxiety to God. If He knows every hair on my head and tear I’ve cried, is He not also capable of handling my anxiety and my future? He knows everything that will ever happen to me.

God is a safe refuge. There is no safer place. Oh, He might ask me to do hard things and be uncomfortable and go through pain-but He is safe. I can run to Him. I can be honest with Him. I can admit my failure. I can surrender my worry. And God will accept me.

He also humbles me. It is so like Jesus to remind us of how small we are and how big God is. In the passage referenced above He tells the disciples that God clothes the lilies of the field more beautifully that the richest man on earth could ever be clothed. How small we are. And how oddly comforting that is. God can handle what we cannot.

I encourage you to go on a walk today and ask God to show you how big, how detailed, how able He truly is. He will not disappoint.

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,  yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” -Matthew 6:25-34

“You keep track of all my sorrows.
 You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
 You have recorded each one in your book.” -Psalm 56:8

 

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