Matthew 6:30-33: MSG “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.”
As I have been walking outdoors this spring & summer, I have noticed the abundance of wild flowers that pop up and grow, in both obvious and more subtle locations….many of which most of us have never set eyes upon.
The Creator notices each one of them.
Field upon field, patches that grow through the cracks along the sidewalks and pathways. Hidden under low lying tree branches, behind thick bushes.
Year after year, these beauties slowly grow, bloom & blossom. Shine for the time they are given to do so before their fade, withering back down into the earth they burst forth from.
Whether they have ever been noticed or not.
I recently was introduced to a gifted artist, who exclusively paints flowers. He captures the beauty in their moments in the light in oils, these glimpses of natural wonder at their best, for all to see.
He is able to magnify the wonder of flowers because he took the time to stop and not just smell them, but closely look at them. Drawing close enough to see the dew drops, sunlight glinting from their petals, their exquisite coloring and composition.
How much more does God think of us?
We are more intricately created than the beautiful wildflowers.
God paid the highest price for us to be able to grasp just how precious He considers us.
In Matthew 6:30 He reminds us not to worry, as He will care and provide for us, as we are way more important to Him than the wildflowers. We are His pride & joy, in whom He delights.
God wants us not to worry about what might come or what we need.
He is our Provider.
God wants us to depend on Him with all that is concerning us.
He is Dependable.
God promises as we seek Him and His ways, we will never go without what is important.
He is Faithful.
The reality is…we are here because God created and made us. We are His initiative.
He notices us.
Why would the God who went to all the trouble to count every hair on our head and every tear we will ever shed not take pride in His handiwork, and care for it as any gifted artist would do?
He doesn’t want to hide it, but proudly display His handiwork to the world.
We are that precious handiwork in His sight.
The next time you see a patch of wildflowers, remember not only did God design them, He placed them exactly where He wanted them for His purpose, and gave them all they needed to live, bloom and grow.
You are of so much more value than these.
Remember to thank Him for that awesome love the next time you see a wildflower.