I recently had a conversation with someone about the rising cost of freshly delivered flowers. It seems as though the price has gone sky-high. I was shocked!
Don’t get me wrong. I love fresh cut flowers and think they are beautiful and a thoughtful gesture as a gift. But, I’m also very frugal and logical and can’t justify paying a small fortune for something that only lasts a few days then will be thrown into the trash. That’s just me.
I told my husband a long time ago, “If you want to send me flowers, I’d rather a plant. They last longer.” Well, let’s just say I try to make them last longer.
As I thought about the short life of a flower, not just cut flowers but also those still rooted in the ground. I was reminded of familiar scriptures.
Matthew 6:27-30 Jesus said, “Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 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. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you–you of little faith?”
I believe Jesus is saying the grass is so valuable to God that He dresses it in beautiful flowers. We are more valuable, being made in God’s image, than the grass of the field. If God meets the needs of the grass, how much more will He meet our needs? Therefore, it is pointless to worry about anything.
I often refer back to these scriptures when I catch myself starting to worry. They really comfort me.
What are you worried about today?
Have you lost your job with no prospect of another one in view? Has a sickness left you unable to work or pay the medical bills?
Has your spouse left you with children, no money, and a pantry that’s going bare? Is your car on its last mile or your home in need of repair but you can’t afford it?
Is a loved one lost in a world of addiction and sin? Are you worried about the state of our nation and the world?
The list of things we worry about is endless. What should we do?
First and foremost we should always put our trust in the Lord who cares for us and loves us.
1Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Then we should ask God for help. A lot of times the Lord will send someone to help us. Other times He will open a door of opportunity for us to afford the things we need. He always comforts us and assures us that He is in control and is working things out for our good and His glory.
Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
While we are waiting for God to meet our needs, we should encourage ourselves daily in His word by searching for and reading the scriptures about trusting Him and His unfailing love for us.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
It always helps me to remember who God is and all that He’s done throughout scripture and in my own life over the years. If He’s done it before He can do it again. If He’s done it for others He can do it for me and for you.
Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
We should also surround ourselves with positive, Bible-believing people who will speak the life of God’s word into us and our situation and not doom and despair.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
Remember, we are so valuable to God and so loved by Him that He gave His one and only Son as a sacrifice for our sins so we can be in relationship with Him forever [John 3:16].
We are much more valuable to God than grass. He cares! He’s got this!
Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.