Jesus said, “Consider the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you of more value than they?” (Mt. 6:26)…Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Mt. 6:28-30)
I’ve done a lot of considering this past week. I’ve seen some amazing things which have inspired contemplation. I’ve considered the birds of the air flying gracefully over rocks, crags, and rivers of the Grand Canyon. I’ve considered the wildflowers growing amidst giant Redwoods in the cool of the forest. I’ve considered the limitlessness of the ocean, the vastness of the desert, and the stunning brilliance of stars, moons, planets and galaxies.
In each wonder of the physical world, I have considered my heavenly Father and my place in his creation. With the psalmist, I have resonated, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, Amy, that you care for her?” (Ps 8:3, italics my paraphrase) The words of Jesus have played on repeat in my head, fighting their way into my consciousness, “You are more valuable than all of this!”
For Jesus, his admonishment to consider was attached to a loving command not to worry. He doesn’t say, “Don’t worry or else,” but rather, “Look at what I can do! Don’t worry; I’ve got you!”
When I was a kid and we went on a trip, I always marveled that my mom and dad knew the way there and back. It was a great mystery to me, but I never worried about getting to our destination or getting home. I loved to fall asleep in the car and wake up in my bed. I could sleep because I knew my parents to be trustworthy and capable. I never doubted that I would get home. I knew that my dad would carry me to my bed. It was a great way to travel!
The Law of Hebrew Scripture fostered utter trust in God, dependence on Him that yielded peace. “I am the Lord your God who knows how to get you out of bad places and lead you to good places; don’t trust any god but me. I love you and am jealous for you, so wear my name proudly.” (my paraphrase of beginning of the ten commandments, Ex. 20:2-7)
When Jesus says, “Don’t be anxious about your life, what you will eat, drink and wear…don’t worry about your death…don’t be anxious about tomorrow” (Mt 7:25, 27, 34) he says, “Your daddy is in the driver’s seat, and He knows the way home! He even knows what you like to eat, drink and wear, and all the good stuff that you like. He loves you and wants to give you good things.” (Mt. 7:9-11)
All you have to do is look at the world around you! Consider. Seek the kingdom of God. Ask. Dig deep into the heart of the law, and find God to be a really good dad. You really can trust him!
Do you ever hear, “Don’t worry,” and then worry that you worry too much? Relax. Look out your window. It’s beautiful out there and God is taking care of it all! He loves you even more than all of his creation! Rest your head on the pillow in the back seat of the car. Close your eyes and rest. One day your dad will carry you home and you’ll wake up to a scene that makes even the Grand Canyon or the Redwoods pale in comparison. Jesus paved the way and His Spirit is with you, leading you home.