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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Matthew 6:25-29 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer:  Watch a Lily Grow?  Topics:  2 at end.

Do Not Worry
For this reason I charge you not to be over-anxious about your lives, inquiring what you are to eat or what you are to drink, nor yet about your bodies, inquiring what clothes you are to put on. Is not the life more precious than its food, and the body than its clothing? Look at the birds which fly in the air: they do not sow or reap or store up in barns, but your Heavenly Father feeds them: are not you of much greater value than they? Which of you by being over-anxious can add a single foot to his height? And why be anxious about clothing? Learn a lesson from the wild lilies. Watch their growth. They neither toil nor spin, and yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his magnificence could array himself like one of these.”  WEY (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)

I’d like to explore watching wild lilies grow, here.  Maybe I’ll just pull up a stool and sit and watch the growth day by day; hour by hour; second by second . . . maybe grabbing a lawn chaise lounge for more comfortable staring.  I think I’ll watch the stems for awhile; then leaves; then the pod-shaped green bud; then the unfolding flowers as the buds open.  I wouldn’t take photos:  I’d just watch.

Well, a second plan might be to just check in on some lilies, a time or two each day.  Might take some photos to record progress.  Or maybe not, if I want each day’s beauty to just remain in mind.

The scripture points out that the lily just grows.  They do not go to work every day.  They do not do domestic tasks to clothe themselves.  They just don’t worry about their fashion sense or who sees them, really . . . they beauty-bloom even in uninhabited areas, perhaps seen only by fly-overs far up from above. 

So, no, we will not sit our days away watching imperceptible growth of a wild lily.  But we may take a lesson from one.  They are grown by God:  So are we.  They are fashioned by God:  So are we.  It’s just that their whole purpose in their lily-lives is to grow.  They are programmed by God’s hand and have no worries about how to grow.

But we do, at least in some ways.  To learn from a wild lily, perhaps we must just grow.  The difference is, we have choices about how we will grow, at least in some degree.  It is true that God will grow us up into adulthood according to the genetic plan he fashioned for each of us.  That is a “given.”  But we do have choices, unlike a lily, as to how we treat our bodies as we grow – for good hopefully.  But still, God does the growth.

In our spiritual walk, we have many choices about growing, and as we grow over years, we may look back and see where we sprouted greener (or slowed into arrested growth) because of our own choices.  We have an involvement with God, spiritually.  He grows us, but we can detract or enhance ourselves in it.

Lord, our prayer is, that as we grow physically from babyhood, that we will be the best that we can be.  And we pray that spiritually, we will gain from a wild lily the trust in You to grow us as we should be, from first stem up, to bud-unfolded beauty.

I’d like to explore watching wild lilies grow, here.  Maybe I’ll just pull up a stool and sit and watch the growth day by day; hour by hour; second by second . . . maybe grabbing a lawn chaise lounge for more comfortable staring.  I think I’ll watch the stems for awhile; then leaves; then the pod-shaped green bud; then the unfolding flowers as the buds open.  I wouldn’t take photos:  I’d just watch.

Well, a second plan might be to just check in on some lilies, a time or two each day.  Might take some photos to record progress.  Or maybe not, if I want each day’s beauty to just remain in mind.

The scripture points out that the lily just grows.  They do not go to work every day.  They do not do domestic tasks to clothe themselves.  They just don’t worry about their fashion sense or who sees them, really . . . they beauty-bloom even in uninhabited areas, perhaps seen only by fly-overs far up from above. 

So, no, we will not sit our days away watching imperceptible growth of a wild lily.  But we may take a lesson from one.  They are grown by God:  So are we.  They are fashioned by God:  So are we.  It’s just that their whole purpose in their lily-lives is to grow.  They are programmed by God’s hand and have no worries about how to grow.

But we do, at least in some ways.  To learn from a wild lily, perhaps we must just grow.  The difference is, we have choices about how we will grow, at least in some degree.  It is true that God will grow us up into adulthood according to the genetic plan he fashioned for each of us.  That is a “given.”  But we do have choices, unlike a lily, as to how we treat our bodies as we grow – for good hopefully.  But still, God does the growth.

In our spiritual walk, we have many choices about growing, and as we grow over years, we may look back and see where we sprouted greener (or slowed into arrested growth) because of our own choices.  We have an involvement with God, spiritually.  He grows us, but we can detract or enhance ourselves in it.

Lord, our prayer is, that as we grow physically from babyhood, that we will be the best that we can be.  And we pray that spiritually, we will gain from a wild lily the trust in You to grow us as we should be, from first stem up, to bud-unfolded beauty.

Topics:  Pray that we can share with those who are in the midst of LIFE battles the beauty of a lily as it grows, just as God grows us, including the beautiful lives budding in mothers’ wombs.
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