There is a beautiful passage in the bible with a great reminder to hand our worries over to God and to not be consumed by earthly troubles:
“Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?” –Matthew 6:27-30
This is easier said than done, right? How often I tell myself to stop worrying about the future and the “what ifs.” But… what if?! As a visual person, I chose to connect this bible passage to an image to serve as a reminder to not get worked up or spun up about things. I encourage you to meditate on this passage and maybe even the above image if you like. This was a photo I took on a hike in Greece several years ago. Ironically, I remember worrying the whole time about how hot it was and “will this trail ever end!?” Just ask my husband 😊 Somewhere along the way between heat exhaustion and dehydration I took this photo. I don’t even remember taking it, that’s how unimportant it seemed at the time. But, looking at this image in the context of this bible passage, I see it in a different light. The flower appears to be growing effortlessly, not fighting to stand perfectly straight, but letting God direct its path. And somehow its imperfection makes it perfect. If its stem were perfectly straight, it wouldn’t have the same effect and this image wouldn’t be nearly as interesting or beautiful. This is a good reminder to embrace our own imperfections; I suppose worrying falls well into this category. If God provides for this little, crooked flower, just how much more will He provide for us?
This also reminds me of my confirmation saint, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, commonly referred to as “The Little Flower.” She had a wonderful metaphor for her life, describing herself as a little flower, hidden and not extravagant like other flowers. Yet, she delighted in knowing that this was God’s plan for her. She devoted her life to the “little way.” Despite being a little flower, the rays of God’s sunshine still reached her and she would soak up whatever He provided. She often imagined reaching up for God to pick her up, like a child. She was completely reliant upon Him. I too see the flower in this picture reaching up and seeking God. Despite its twists and turns, it still remains pointed straight up to the sky. Another good reminder to keep our sights vertical when the going gets tough.
Now, quick, let me publish this, before I start worrying about whether this post was good enough!