Consider the Lilies

Luke 12:27-32 (NKJV), Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?

“And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.

“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

I keep thinking about all the beautiful mountain flowers I saw while I was in the Rocky Mountains last month and how I was drawn to gaze upon them with wonder. Walking up a trail (at around 10,000 feet) with my much younger friend who seemed hell bent on getting to this rock formation to explore; I kept slowing him down with all my oohs and ahhs.  He went ahead and I “considered the lilies.” Maybe it is old age and I’ve just learned to appreciate the beauty around me. Or maybe it was the altitude and I was bent over just trying to breathe. Whatever the case, my gazing helps me to bask in the wonder of God’s creation and thank Him for it. This gazing brings an inner smile that comes from centering myself in God and His magnificent creation.

For The Healing Path alumni that might be reading this I guess you could say I was practicing “how to be” rather than “how to do.” I was with unveiled face beholding the glory of the Lord and being inwardly transformed by it.

Now what do you think would be the response of most men if I told them to go to the mountains to “consider the lilies?” If it were in Colorado they’d probably think I had been smoking some of the local legal pot. But, this guy who works in construction, actually he is a carpenter told me to do this. And he is telling me to do this so that I won’t worry! And the funny thing is that when I do it most of my worry, stress and anxiety kind of go away.

As I walked back down that trail (obviously I never made it to the rock formation), I heard God, my Father, whisper to me, “I’ll take care of you.” Honestly, that might be the nugget that will carry me through the rest of my life.

Guys don’t laugh, but it might be time to plan a “Consider the Lily” day. You have a Father who loves you and wants to speak His peace and comfort into you. He is always initiating; when will you respond?