9.3.15

A bird with a bag of groceries

I'm following Ann Voskamp's 40 days of Lent this year.  I love it when I have the opportunity to open up my Jesus Storybook Bible alongside my regular one, and today was one of those days.  There's something so refreshing and utterly simple about the Bible narratives that we make so complicated and over-spiritual sometimes.  This is from Matthew 6, the Sermon on the Mount. 


""See those birds over there?" Jesus said.
Everyone looked.  Little sparrows were pecking at seeds along the stony path.
"Where do they get their food?  Perhaps they have pantries all stocked up?  Cabinets full of food?"
Everyone laughed - who's ever seen a bird with a bag of groceries?
"No," Jesus said.  "They don't need to worry about that.  Because God knows what they need and he feeds them."

"And what about these wild flowers?"
Everyone looked.  All around them flowers were growing.  Anemones, daisies, pure white lilies.
"Where do they get their lovely clothes?  Do they make them?  Or do they go to work every day so they can buy them?  Do they have closets full of clothes?"
Everyone laughed again - who's ever seen a flower putting on a dress?
"No," Jesus said.  "They don't need to worry about that because God clothes them in royal robes of splendor!  Not even a king is that well dressed!"

They had never met a king but, as they gazed out over the lake, glittering and sparkling below them, the hillsides dressed in reds, purples, and golds, they felt a great burden lift from their hearts.  They could not imagine anything more beautiful.
"Little flock," Jesus said, "you are more important than birds!  More important than flowers!  They birds and the flowers don't sit and worry about things.  And God doesn't want his children to worry either.  God loves to look after the birds and the flowers.  And he loves to look after you, too." "

I could use a lesson from the lilies today. 

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