our concerns are God's cares
Big Takeaway: Our concerns are God's cares.
“That’s a great idea, but I don't think so," said every wife to her husband at one point, right?
On a recent Saturday morning, I said these exact words to my husband while staring at our backyard.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved flowers and thought about having my own garden, but never made it happen. Now, in the trenches of mothering a two-year-old and one-year-old, the idea of planting and watering seeds in our backyard felt (as my friend Rachel says) like climbing Mt. Everest in flip flops.
Kyle, on the other hand, disagreed and suggested we try anyway.
Within a few hours, Kyle went to Home Depot and bought cedar wood, soil, and zinnia seeds. He picked out pink gardening gloves for me and bright green gloves for our toddler son, Luke. That afternoon, I had a raised flower bed waiting for me in our backyard.
To my surprise, I was not upset.
I slid a glove on each hand alongside my son and started designating places to plant our seeds. One by one, we dropped seeds into the black soil, then gently covered each one. What started as a pie-in-the-sky idea was now a reality, and I couldn't have been more grateful.
We stepped back from the soil to examine our work and when we did, I felt the Lord place Luke 12:27-28 (NLT) on my heart:
“Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?”
I don't know about you, but there are times I desperately need the reminder that God certainly cares for me. You know, those moments when you know God cares for you, but you don't necessarily feel His care for you.
Friend, as we embrace the last few months of warm weather with colorful flowers in bloom, let them be a reminder of the powerful truth Jesus tells us in Luke 12:28.
When you’re stuck in disappointment, he will certainly care for you.
When you’re worried, he will certainly care for you.
When you feel overlooked, he will certainly care for you.
Our concerns are God's cares.
As you meet the needs of others today, remind yourself of what is true; your Heavenly Father will certainly care for you.
In what area of your life do you need the reminder that God certainly cares for you?
Pray: God, thank you for being the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. You're a kind Father who loves me. Please make your presence felt and known, and help me remember that you care for me at all times. Amen.