of rocking chairs and lilies

Someone once said, “worry is like being in a rocking chair – lots of motion but no progress.”  Now, I happen to love rocking chairs.  They are simple and elegant.  They bring back rich memories of being on the porch with my family – idle conversation, laughter, warm summer breezes, the comfort of simply being together.  But there is some truth to that old saying.  Rocking in a chair doesn’t get you anywhere.  Just like turning things over and over in your mind doesn’t, either.

Worry’s a temptation to stay in control, a fear of being out of control. Rehearsing scenarios and fretting about unknown details leaves the burden squarely in our laps.  And what is the point?

Jesus says…“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”  

He goes on, “And why are you worried about clothing?  Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you?

Twice this week, I have read about children’s supreme confidence in their parents.  They believe their moms and dads can do anything.  I have to ask myself if I have that same child-like confidence in my heavenly Father’s ability, the One who created the heavens and the earth, the One who sent His Son to bridge the gap between me and Him.  Do I believe those promises?  If I will take that step of faith to believe and trust, He has more to bring to the situation.

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.  (MSG)

When I can bring Him into focus, clearly see Who He Is, and entrust my concerns to Him, the worries fade away.  There is none like Him.  No one else knows us inside and out and still loves and accepts us in the midst of our messes.

Time to get out of the rocking chair and check out the lilies!  What’s on your mind and heart today that He needs to hear?

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