I grabbed first one and then the other Adirondack chair, dragging them both out of the mower’s path, all the while thinking, “I don’t know why we keep mowing around these things. We never have the time to actually sit in them.” Well, the truth is that we have the same twenty-four hours you have and everyone has, but we just don’t make much space for outdoor chair-sitting–and we should. Jesus invites us to “consider the lilies of the field,” and there’s at least one patch of lilies clearly visible from those chairs on the hill.
Instead, my tendency has always been to inhale deep breaths of fresh air and to absorb the calming effect of birdsong while I’m on the move: walking the dog, weeding around the rhubarb, picking rocks from the garden. While it’s a great way to accumulate steps on my Fitbit, I wonder sometimes if my constant activity is more about control–or even worry–than I might care to admit.
Frenzy has a way of metastasizing, and it spreads through my day as the list lengthens and hope diminishes. Check marks are a nifty way of producing evidence that I actually am, after all, worthwhile.
Do you ever catch yourself in the same game? It’s a subtle sleight-of-hand that palms worry and then flashes productivity in its place, making a virtue of faithless striving. And it’s chilling to note that my first response is to play admin with those sin tendencies when the Bible tells me to put them to death.
It’s a subtle sleight-of-hand that palms worry and then flashes productivity in its place, making a virtue of faithless striving. And it’s chilling to note that my first response is to play admin with those sin tendencies when the Bible tells me to put them to death.Tweet
Consider the Lilies Today
In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus invites you to take a seat. Pull your Adirondack chair onto the freshly mown grass. Turn your bucket upside down and plop down on it while the car dries. Take the long way around to the mailbox and pick a daisy bouquet along the way. Or why not…
…consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin…”Matthew 6:28
I’m prone to a longing-lily-look, followed closely by a naive delay: “I’ll consider the lilies later, but first let me…”
Don’t misunderstand! I will forever be an advocate of homework before playtime, work before leisure, and broccoli before dessert. But if life is so full of broccoli that there’s no place for ice cream, we’re missing out on God’s beautiful gifts.
Don’t let the lilies blossom and fade unnoticed! God created them to carry a message to your heart about his steadfast love and care for you.
Holding you in the light,
I will forever be an advocate of homework before playtime, work before leisure, and broccoli before dessert. But if life is so full of broccoli that there’s no place for ice cream, we’re missing out on God’s beautiful gifts. Don’t let the lilies blossom and fade unnoticed!Tweet
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