Consider the lilies...Consider the birds
My heart has been heavy for my cousin Clay. We now know that his brain tumor is malignant and he will begin chemo and/or radiation very soon. He's had two surgeries so far--one on Friday and another one yesterday. His speech and memory are good. We are thankful for that.
As we continue to pray for Clay's complete recovery, I'm thankful that God's word can bring comfort during this time of worry and anxiety.
I thought about this passage in Matthew. The cure for anxiety.
God is all powerful.
God knows our needs.
Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV)
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 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? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? 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? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
When I feel overwhelmed with worry for Clay and all of those who love him most, I consider the lilies and birds. I'm reminded that God loves us and values us so much more.