Consider the Lilies

Tammy De Ruyter

Read: Matthew 6:25-34

Consider the Lilies

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (v. 26)

The bath had left her terrified. Crying and shaking from head to toe, nothing could convince 93-year-old Tena that the “dreadful” water was only to wash her hair and not meant for harm. Fear consumed her thoughts: murder, death, darkness. Even the walk outside didn’t help, until her eyes caught sight of the passing flock of birds. Her tearful gaze locked in and she followed their flight to their telephone-wire landing.

The lenses of life, which only minutes ago focused inward on her fears, were now facing outward and seeing the majesty of creation. The perspective had changed. “Beautiful,” she said softly as her arms swept dramatically across the big wide world. “Beautiful.” Spellbound by the birds, her gaze fell next on the flower bed arrayed with gorgeous color. “Beautiful,” she repeated a third time as peace tangibly flooded her tiny frame.

Jesus instructs us to consider the lilies. Scripture says the Father cares for each tiny flower. All of creation, says Jesus in Matthew 6, is under his watchful, parental eye. How much greater still does he care for each one of us, his living, breathing children? Our heavenly Father knows our needs and will provide. Like Tena, look at the flowers of the field and the birds of the air. Remember the Father’s care for you and experience his peace. — Tammy De Ruyter

Prayer: Thank you, God, for the peace you give.