Consider the Lilies of the Field
By beclean
8/27/2013 10:34:06 AM
Honestly, despite hearing these words from Christ many times, I don't think I have ever truly considered the lilies of the field before today.

When I go outside, I see grass, trees, and wild flowers. I feel the breeze and the sun on my face. I smell the fresh air. I hear the birds and the wind.

Nature is so beautiful and taken care of. But it gets that way without me constantly worrying about it or trying to fix it! That's incredible. I think I truly thought that nothing could work without my personal interference! Now that I think about it, that conclusion is outrageous and preposterous. In fact, I'm quite certain that when I interfere, I mess nature up — I mess up myself, my wife, my kids, my work, and everything else when I worry a ton and try to change everything.

Of course challenges and opposition happen in nature. Plants and animals die. But nature lives on in beauty, and species are strengthened by the challenges. I am part of a beautiful, giant painting. God is the artist, and the painting is perfect.

Perhaps I need to spend more time just considering the lilies of the field. God is good. I am always taken care of.


Wu Wei    
"This reminds me of one of my favorite Taoist principles, Wu Wei. Dig it."
posted at 22:34:47 on August 27, 2013 by they_speak

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