If God so clothes the grass of the field . . . , will He not much more clothe you . . . ? Matthew 6:30
Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? The problem is as much as I want simplicity, something inside me fights it.
I let the cares of the world come in to my mind and my heart. I allow myself to think I know better than Him. And every time I allow this to happen, I push my Creator aside, losing that intimate place of close relationship with Him.
How do I let the simplicity of the grass of the fields be my simplicity? I set aside myself for Him. I listen – receive His Spirit. I am learning to rely on Him, not on my feeble attempts at “doing life.”
“Look at the birds of the air . . .” Matthew 6:26.
I enjoy walking through the woods and the meadows at our country place. The cacophony of sounds from all types of birds resonates through the ever-present stillness. All you have to so is look up and the birds are there. Are they dependent on me? Absolutely not. These feathered creatures, from the tiny little blue bird to the beautiful hawks that soar overhead as they intently watch our fields, follow the instincts their Creator places inside of each one. He watches over every single one.
So why do I doubt? Why would I think He wouldn’t watch over me? Me. The one he says He has known before I was created? I want that freedom, freedom from worry.
“Consider the lilies of the field . . .” Matthew 6:28.
We don’t have lilies in our fields, but we do have most of the beautiful Texas wildflowers one can find in the Hill Country. The ever-changing landscape reminds me that these flowers always grow right where they are planted. Not planted by our hands, but by the Hand of their Creator. How many times do I refuse to grow right where God has planted me? How many times do I not allow my roots to go down into His Ground?
Jesus said if we would obey the life of God within us, He would look after all other things. Did Jesus Christ lie to us? Are we experiencing the “much more” He promised? If we are not, it is because we are not obeying the life God has given us and have cluttered our minds with confusing thoughts and worries. How much time have we wasted asking God senseless questions while we should be absolutely free to concentrate on our service to Him?
–Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
And just like with the grasses, the birds, and the lilies, this is not just a one-time thing for me either. It’s a daily act. I need to stop and look again each day. Give myself up daily. Not just when I “need” Him, but give Him every single moment of every single day of my life.
Looking for Him in the little things, as well as the big things of my day.