Sunday, February 16, 2014

Squirrely Faith

Read: Matthew 6:25-34

And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:                                                                                                                                                 Matthew 6:28 

     As I glanced out the window of my office this morning, I noticed a squirrel in the tree that grows across the way. I probably would not have noticed it except for the great amount of movement the tree made as he jumped from one branch to another. I watched him for a minute, and my mind began to wander to all the things that God does to take care of us. That squirrel was exactly where God wanted it to be at that moment in its life, and it could not have been happier or more satisfied. I realized that all the jumping he was doing was because he was gathering acorns from one branch to another, and apparently, he was excited that he had hit the mother lode. 
     We get so worked up about things in our lives when we face a little bit of a trial. It often seems to us that since we don’t have everything we want, right when we want it, that God has let us down and is not taking care of us. We worry about the results of health exams at the doctor; we worry about difficulties at school; and we worry about how this or that thing is going to work out. We forget the fact that if God can clothe the lilies in the field, if He can feed the sparrows of the air, and if He can give the squirrel his acorns, then certainly He will take care of us as His special creation with whom He delights to fellowship. Those who are doing the will of God will have trials and hardships, but we have nothing to worry about because God always takes care of His own.
     After thirty minutes of work in my office, I looked out the window again, and there was that same squirrel, still as excited as ever, still gathering his acorns in preparation for winter, and still enjoying the provision of a God Who will not let His own be forsaken. The squirrel has no worries because He knows Who is in charge. May we act the same.

Quote of the day: “Worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles.”

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