Birds and Flowers

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“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

 Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met."

I think this is unbearably beautiful. Because I could stare at birds for hours, and I dream about the beauty of flowers. But never do I wonder how they live their life, or how they're going to make it to the next day, or what trees or fields their children are going to play in.  I know they are a part of life, which goes on or ends.  And if these simple creatures are so free and beautiful and beloved, how much more can I trust that I am taken care of by God?

I want to live a life that is not burdened with worry and anxiety. I want to engage freely in my relationships with people, and love whole heartedly. I want to be passionate about learning and adventure. I don't want to be obsessed and constrained by money and things.

I want to live a life and have a spirit that is trusting, beautiful and free like the birds in the air and the flowers in the field.

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