Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Consider the Wildflowers

Yellow splashes the fields of CRP grasses as the summer turns to fall. It's as if the color of sunrise has been leached from morning skies to brighten even an overcast day through smidgens of bright yellow on Earth's palette.  The goldenrod is not alone in its exuberance. The sunflowers in all their variations join in the
symphony of color. 
The goldenrod is beautiful, even at a distance. But a closer look reveals that the blooms are exquisitely detailed in miniature.
It's as if you could play the old children's game, "He loves me, he loves me not" with the petals, though they aren't much larger than the head of a pin.
Like fingerprints and snowflakes, not one is exactly the same. Each is exquisitely detailed. And I realize that, yes, He loves me.
I know the familiar "Consider how the lilies grow" passage from Matthew. But I decided to look at it in The Message:  
Matthew 6: 30-34, The Message
30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Thankful today for the lessons all around me. They are lessons I need to remember. It's just more pleasant to contemplate when they come in yellow and purple.