Consider the Lilies

stargazer lilyOn a beautiful sunny Sunday morning, I was gazing out the window. Although the day was pleasant, unsettling thoughts like scattered clouds drifted into my mind. I was thinking about needed repairs on our 40-year-old house, prescriptions that needed to be filled, problems our grandchildren were facing, and other things that cause an ‘anxious mind’. Then my focus came to rest on a magnificent Stargazer Lily that my wife had planted at the corner of the house. A sense of peace settled over me as the Lord brought scripture from the 12th chapter of Luke to my anxious mind: 

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?  “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.  For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.  But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you” (Luke 12:27-31, NKJV).

How grateful I am for God’s word. Even when I get fretful, it is so often His hand of ‘peace and assurance’ for me. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8 NKJV).

Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort,
According to Your word to Your servant.

(Psalm 119:76, NKJV)

~ Brother Roy


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