I have been a bit overwhelmed lately by the grief and despair of others. Not only is the nightly news filled with doom and gloom, but FB has also been the source of some very sad status updates. My daily prayer list grows longer and the supplications more serious.
However, in the midst of this season of sadness, there are also daily reminders that life is good…and it goes on until the Lord decides otherwise. I’ve seen photos of four new babies this week. News of some wonderful accomplishments. Reports of some new goals to be pursued. I’ve even received some thanks for a couple of things I’ve done. Gratitude is always, always appreciated, and sometimes helps us take just one more step.
I’m also aware that while sympathy and prayers are appreciated and effective, worry is not. Our requests must be accompanied by a release of our fears and an acceptance the will of God. All of our experiences can’t be joyous and carefree- I have learned many a life lesson through pain and suffering.
Perhaps the best therapy for me is my daily walk around the yard. I can’t be too sad or too stressed or too worried when I witness God’s care for the smallest creatures of our world. I can’t look at the beauty of the flowers without recalling the words of Matthew:
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.