Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Consider the Lilies of the Field

Beautiful photography today courtesy of Eileen deCamp -- Blue Ridge Lavender.
"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin, " Matthew 6:28b (KJV).

          With six children, there is always something I can worry about.  And with a hundred and fifty plus high school students on my class rolls, my head could spin about that.  But wouldn't that be a waste of my time?  Isn't that a lack of faith in God?

          So much has been written about worry, I'm sure I can't say anything new.  It's a part of the universal human condition.  Jesus knew our condition when he gave us his principle for living worry-free. 

"Take therefore no thought for the morrow:  for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.  Sufficient unto this day is the evil thereof," Matthew 6:34 (KJV).

           Jesus spoke about worry in his Sermon on the Mount.  "Take therefore no thought for the morrow . . . ."  Don't worry about tomorrow.  Don't even give it a thought.  It's not here yet, and it may never come.  "For the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself . . . ."  Tomorrow we can think about tomorrow's business.  "Sufficient unto this day is the evil thereof."  There is enough to deal with today.

          We know His words.  We know our God is bigger than all our problems and the ones that we might face.  Yet, it is a step-by-step walk of faith every day.  And when each day is done, it becomes that wonderful part of our story called the past.  Once lived, it's done, saved for all eternity.  If we trust Jesus to help us live each day as best we can, without worry, we can enjoy the treasure of a life well-lived.  Trusting Him to take care of us just like he does the lilies of the field.

"Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you," 1 Peter 5:7.    

 God bless you with a worry-free day, precious ones.                                                                          


  1. Your post reminded me of a poem by Elizabeth Cheney:
    Said the Robin to the Sparrow:
    "I should really like to know
    Why those anxious human beings
    Rush about and worry so?"
    "Friend, I think that it must be
    That they have no heavenly Father
    Such as cares for you and me."

  2. Dearest Rose,

    What a wonderful post today. First of all I was so surprised to see Eileen deCamp's beautiful photo of her precious lavender farm....I didn't realize you had a connection with this wonderful lady. I loved your message today and I am sending it off to Jean-Marc in France....your words are perfect for him today. This is a perfect post for a future book.



  3. Oh how lovely---what a great message and photos to start the day. Thank you!

  4. Beautiful post, Rose! I have the Robin/Sparrow verse on a note card and I love it. Our daughter also gave me a beautiful reminder to stay "connected" to God all day, so that His power can flow through you--enabling you to do those things you couldn't possibly do on your own.

  5. Just the message I needed today. Thanks, Rose! I'm so glad Mom sent me a gentle nudge to come and read this message of yours (and an extra gift to see Eileen DeCamp's lovely photo). I also enjoyed Sandra's comment and her daughter's tip to remember to stay connected. As I read her note I instantly pictured myself plugging into God's unlimited resources of love and assistance. Next time I find my plug lying on the ground, I'll pick up and plug in to Him!

  6. So nice to hear from you Kristin. I'm glad this message spoke to you. Eileen's pictures are beautiful. Yes, we do have to plug into Him, the source of All Power and Love. I get so much from reader comments. They always give me a boost and new insights. Glad the same happened for you. God bless you. Praying for you and yours now.