Sunday, March 4, 2012

Consider the Lilies or Crocus

This is the time of year when new life begins to spring forth.  The beauty of something fresh and green is a welcome sight this time of year.  But often it seems too early for the snow crocus to bloom...too early for their flowers to peek through the cold, damp soil.  And yet, their timing is always perfect.  Despite cold temperatures and random spring snows, they don't just exist, they thrive...throwing their brilliant colors towards the sky.

Just as the hint of spring shoots forth new growth from the earth, so the seasons of life provide opportunities something new.  Often the timing seems less than optimum.  There never seems to be a good time for sickness to strike, job loss to make itself known, or hardship to be experienced.  

Matthew chapter 6 beginning in verse 33 offers us some words of comfort declaring that if God cares for the ways of the wildflowers (think snow crocus) surely he cares for us in an even greater fashion.

  30-33"If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
 34"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.  (The Message)

We trust that each spring the snow crocus will burst forth.  Can we trust that as God cares for them, he will care for our needs?  Indeed we can...just consider the snow crocus.  

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