A WORD IN PASSING - March 2023
Do Not Be Anxious
"Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of more value than they?... Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin... if God
so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe
you... Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’... your
heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these
things will be added to you. “Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matthew 6:25-34
One of the delights of having a “mini-wildlife park” in the back garden is to be woken up in the morning by the birds singing, the parakeets squawking, the robins chirping and the sight of other birds feasting on the holly berries. At night, the foxes
howl, the hedgehogs snuffle and the owls hoot. God has created them and provides for them all.
It’s so easy, especially In our current economic climate, to get wrapped-up in worrying about so many thing; the cost of
food, soaring energy prices, bills, and other material concerns. Worry that can lead to health issues, mental and physical
problems. The natural world is a proven solace. One we should take time to observe, enjoy and learn from. And doing so
remember its, and our, Creator. And remembering also the words of the Lord Jesus who taught us that God's people can trust
Him to provide. After-all, and as the cross of Christ declares, we are of so much more value than they.