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Monday, January 31, 2011

Fragile

Life feels ever fragile to me. The loss of a friend from church and the loss of a dear friend's mother. The loss of a job. The loss of health for some of my children, and fears for my tiny nephew. Life is fragile, isn't it? We live with the false belief that we have it all together; that we are capable and in control. It is a myth that *I* believe more often than I should. It is a humbling thing to see that we are so little involved in our own affairs.

But.

We serve a living Savior. We serve a God capable of all things, all the time, in every place, at every moment. In this alone I can rest.

I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:19-34

In this alone, I will rest.


2 comments:

Jean in Wisconsin said...

Trusting is a choice. I often forget this. (()) Jean

Charlotte said...

Thank you so much, Kate. The last couple weeks I have turned to different hymns for solace, and in some ways neglected reading scripture. This passage was so encouraging to my heart; thank you for sharing it.

We are praying for your nephew still and that everyone in your household gets well quickly.

((Hugs))