Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Sweet Realization

A few weeks ago I planted my sweet alyssum seeds in the greenhouse. Every day I would go out and check their progress hopefully. Nothing. After days of breathless anticipation, I bent down to get a closer look and saw a pair of little green leaves poking through the soil! It gave me such joy to see those tiny seedlings peeking through the earth.

Several nights later I was lying in bed just worrying about life and thinking how wonderful it would be to be a seed and only have to worry about growing. With a gardener who waters you and cares for you and delights in you. That's when I realized...We aren't so very different from those seedlings!

I was reminded of Philipians 4:19 which says, "And my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus." He provides the water and the sunlight and the protection--all we need to worry about is growing! In Matthew 6:8 it says that God "knows what we need before we ask him." God knows what is best for us so much better than we do!

Even the flowers of the fields and the birds of the air are a testament to this. In Matthew 6:25-30 he says, "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor 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, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?...Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

What a sweet realization came to me as I pondered this! And my hopeless humanity, I must keep reminding myself to cast all my cares upon him and


Mary said...

Thank you Catherine, that is very encouraging.