Swallows and lilies. Solomon and Slim Helu.

6 years ago

Flowers and birds. Solomon and Carlos Slim Helu.

Only God could connect these for a lesson on trust.

"...do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more 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?..."
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that...not even Solomon in all his splendor 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—you of little faith?" {Matthew 6:25-30}

Solomon was the current form of reference when God was trying to convey that not even the richest person on earth could dress as well as the flowers He clothed each day. So when I looked it up for a more relevant-to-this-present-day comparison, Carlos Slim Helu was the match. {Yeah, never heard of him either.}

According to Forbes 'list', he is the richest man on earth. Although the article did clarify that his worth is down id="mce_marker"1 billion from last year. {Poor guy.} So I'm imagining that his choices for clothing are probably beyond what I can comprehend.

And yet God said, 'how much more' could He clothe me every day.

I have to admit, I love it when God says 'how much more'. I mean, you're talking about the One who runs the universe. The One whose thoughts are beyond what we can even imagine. The One whose ways are above what we can comprehend. So when He uses the word 'more'...something tells me He's trying to impress me. {Which makes me feel a bit special.}

"If we take care about our souls and for eternity, which are more than the body and its life, we may leave it to God to provide for us food and rainment {clothes}, which are less." {Matthew Henry's Commentary...emphasis mine}

Sounds pretty simple.

I take care of my soul and see that it is prepared for eternity, and He takes care of all the rest.

My food.
My clothes.
My home.
My transportation.
My career.
My dreams.

I seek Him. Then He takes care of me.

Roses and lilies. Swallows and hummingbirds. If they can trust Him, then why can't I?

After all, we've got the same Father.

{Image courtesy of Flickr}


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