“And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!"
Daily, tromping down trails near my home, or walking around my neighborhood, or perusing the streets of Victorian homes downtown is a habit of my adult life for three decades. Not only does my body need the health benefits, (yes, I go for 10,000 steps a day), but my priority is to remind myself that God, the artist, has left visual reminders every day. I look for his fingerprints. I breathe in His beauty and power and seek to place my needs and demands, daily, into His capable and powerful hands.
Understanding that my life is not limited to my finite reasoning or resources, but my life is in the transcendent, strong hands of the almighty God who can work His will into my human life in ways far beyond my limitations.
“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things."
God spoke the mountains into existence. He made every snowflake, infinite amounts of tiny little crystal sparkles, each beautiful and each handcrafted by His love. Each teaches me a lesson--God is active every day in my world. He calmed the sea, and said, "Where will I find faith in the earth?"
Voices of the world whisper fear, demise, darkness and feed the tanks of our fearful hearts with, "What if's" of life that keep us worrying, fearing we are the only ones who can give help to our dire situations, that God needs our intervention."
But Jesus said this is the way of the world. He told us our Father knew that we need these things.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
What might God accomplish in your life if you practiced faith to live beyond your own limited power, into His transcendent plans, His experienced hands, His desire to do above and beyond all that we ask or think?
Live as a daughter of the King of Kings and expect Him, as your Father, to work, to act, to provide and love on your behalf. He is the God who kills Giants, opens seas, gives abundance to our fish and loaves. Own your faith in a personal, interactive God and live in peace as He carries your burdens.
PS What a pleasure it was to be with so many kindred spirits in Texas and California. I was blown away by your sweetness, your sweet gifts that blessed Joel and me so much, and the privilege to see so many kindred spirits and friends. Wish I could thank all of you personally.
Next is Nashville. We shall have a grand time there.
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