I woke up one morning to these words - 'consider the lilies of the field'.
This is only one of the quotes, from the Bible, that my mother would often say.
My mother was brought up with her dad reading from the Bible at the dinner table each day. She was also an ardent church goer and a great believer in God and Jesus.
She also believed that, in times of trouble or need, an angel would turn up to help her or you. An angel could be anyone. Someone who opens a door for you or carries your shopping bag for you or even points you to a certain book that has just the right information that you have been seeking.
My mother was a great believer in this sort of thing and she would often ring me to tell me about an angel who had helped her that day.
I also believe, that since her death, my mother is often around me, helping and guiding me. I often feel her presence when I am washing up.
I do believe that my mother put the above words into my head for some reason and so I looked them up on Google. Thank Heaven for Google!
The full quote is from Matthew 6:25-34 American Standard Version and Luke 12:22-32.
I will put the full scripture below shortly.
The message from this scripture is that if God can look after the lilies of the field and all the other creatures on this planet, then surely we should put our trust in Our Lord to look after our every need.
God clothes, houses, feeds and waters all the creatures, plants and flowers on the earth. The plants, flowers and creatures, in turn do not worry about where or when the sun will shine or whether or not the rains will come and where their next meal will come from. Birds, plants, flowers insects, never worry about anything.
The scripture then tells us not to worry at all. Worry is not necessary. If God looks after the flowers of the field and the animals and if we are just as precious then surely he will look after us as well!
God also goes on to ask, 'is not life more important than food and is not your body more important than what you place upon it?' He talks about the birds and plants and flowers not worrying and that worry adds nothing to life. Worry will not feed, clothe, house or water us and the creatures of the field know this. They instinctively know this.
God the Father knows that we all need food, shelter, clothing and water. He knows this and so he abundantly provides this for us. We need worry not about these things.
God also tells us not to worry about tomorrow for tomorrow can worry enough for itself.
Oh, and by the way, my mother's name is Lily.
copyright Barbara Burgess 2017
Luke 12:22-32American Standard Version (ASV)
25 Therefore I say unto you, Be not anxious 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 the food, and the body than the raiment? 26 Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto [a]the measure of his life? 28 And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Be not therefore anxious, 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 his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.