Saturday, September 15, 2012
The Indian Summer Season
Do you ever just get blown away with a feeling of thankfulness, even for the air you are breathing? I know you don't have everything you want in life! But do you ever just feel content for a moment? Like the feeling of, ... "I don't need anything but what my eyes can see, my ears can hear ... and of course this McDonalds coffee.
Does it ever feel like it's enough that God loves you and that's all you really need? Do you ever escape worry and anxiety over situations in your world? God cares for you! Listen to the birds! They sing about Him all day long. Look at the fields that God has laid before your eyes to see His wonder and splendor.
Life is full of worry and concern. I sat on a bench today and took this photo. I was reminded that quite a few months ago I asked God that whatever amount of time He grants me here in life, that He might allow me to live those days boldly for Him, without worry and without fear. Does that wish resonate deep down in your soul too? Wouldn't it be incredible to be really really fearless? Psycho fearless and full of faith? I know every teenager is fearless! They are also invincible! I used to be that way. Not by a long shot now. I have eaten some of life's unfairness and brutal realities. I'm sure you have too!
Jesus knew all about these deep concerns and worrys when he sat down on a hill long ago and told a broken group of poor people how to live their lives. Jesus knows your heart. He knows your hurts and pain. Jesus knows why you are the way you are from something that happened to you as a child. Jesus knows your worrys and fears. There is no hiding them from Him. And He wants us to lay them upon Him.
Jesus tried to encourage those poor people and He wants you to be encouraged today with these words found in Matthew, Chapter 6:25-33:
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 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? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
May God allow each you to know Him through His Son!