GodReflection: Tenacious Trust
It was rumored that his guy Jesus might be their liberator.
Previously, hundreds of years passed as clergy types told of writings that described the time when God would send a forever king like David to free the people from the foreigners, restore their wealth, and place their own people in charge of the world.
Three decades earlier a sighting took place at a barn birth with a brilliant star in the sky. Angels sang from the heavens, shepherds and a handful of wise old men with impeccable credibility witnessed.
But for the past thirty years the deliverer’s presence was only in the form of a rumor.
So why not take the day off? Why not leave the realities of Roman rule in the city? How about a day in the countryside with a rumored messiah? Could this be the one?
Can he be the one who will free us from choking taxation, the constant threat of beatings, property seizure and the suffocating presence of foreigners who control our cities, towns and villages?
So there the people sat.
On the side of a hillside they listened to the “maybe” messiah challenge them to place their trust—today, tomorrow, and the days after that—in Creator God.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I run a danger when I begin to think my world is more complicated than the world of the people on the hillside.
Is my world more than God can handle? Can I trust Him to be God?
With deserved shame I could list some worries that have crept in at inopportune times over my walk. An electric bill here or there while a majority of the world’s population lack the comfort utilities bring.
There were times when I worried about my kids wearing preowned clothes when the majority of the children across the face of the globe owned nothing.
Ok, I’ve had a few more serious worries than electricity bills and clothes. Yet, truth be known, most of the world would laugh at the majority of the worry I’ve brought upon myself.
True, the world’s threats may be different today, but my perceived hardships pale when compared to daily life of those in Jesus’ amphitheater audience.
Jesus gives me a daily reminder of birds and flowers to build my trust factor.
Every flower that catches my eye and every bird that flies by are a reminder of God’s personal care for me. He can be trusted.
One of the most powerful descriptions of Jesus found in the New Testament seems to fit here. Paul describes the Jesus/God who “holds all things together.”
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together . . . so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross (Colossians 1:15-20).
Shouldn’t I hold tenaciously to trust in God’s care for me when I digest the reality that the promise of care comes directly from the Creator?
And, He gives me birds and flowers as a reminder.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on Birds and Flowers