The other morning I was sitting at my desk when I looked up and had a front row sit to one of the cutest scenes taking place right in my backyard. I began watching three squirrels chase each other across the yard, up and down trees and even playing on the grandkids swing set. I know that may sound crazy but I promise you I watched one squirrel run up the steps and down the slide followed by the second one then the third one and they did that at least three times. Then up one of the trees and the show was over.
As I sat there, the Holy Spirit immediately brought Matthew 6:25-34 to my heart. I heard the words “Look at the birds of the air” and “Consider the lilies of the field” and I knew God let me enjoy this playful, carefree interaction between three little squirrels for a specific reason.
You see, I was feeling sorry for myself. I had been sick and not able to leave the house and was worrying about a million different things from my husband and others getting sick to how things were going at work to even a few times worrying if I was going to get well just to name a few. And then my faithful, loving God whispers “Tonya, you see those squirrels, I am taking care of them. They have no worries. So why do you – the one I allowed my Son to die for – worry about things out of your control? What is your fretting going to do? Let it go and let Me take care of you, just as I promised!”
Thankfully, I am feeling much better today and actually am returning to work. But you know what, even if I wasn’t, I know that my God, my Healer, my Provider, my Lord is in control and I can place my trust in Him.
Friend, let go of your anxious thoughts and your worries. You are much more valuable than the flowers of the field, the birds in the sky and the squirrels in your backyard! You are the one that God created in His own image with His hands (Genesis 1:27), breathed life into and sent His Son to die for (John 3:16). If He loves us that much, then we can take Him at His word when He says:
“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:26-34
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