Living in Africa, definitely comes with its own set of unique challenges. Though many activities in life are much the same around the world. The day holds activities like working, cooking, cleaning, spending time with our children, and to-do lists. It is easy, so easy, for me to focus on the activities. My brain functions best on organization, a day “well-planned” out. However, most days see few measurable achievements. This last week, I squeezed in a bit of time in stillness, reading and resting. It was in this time that the Lord reminded me of his love and how much he cares for me. I wrote the small paragraph included after the Scripture below as a response to what I had read, to the love impressed upon me through his Word. Today is Valentine’s Day in the US, and I had no intention of posting this on Valentine’s Day, but it occurred by happenstance. Maybe the Lord is again reminding me personally of His love and His goodness. How much more does He care for us than He does for the sparrow?
“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? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 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? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
It is easy to get caught up in the worries of life. The BIG. The small. The chores, the incessant chores. Often in moments of weariness or frustration, I forget how much more the Father cares for me than these things dominating around me. I tend to be like Martha and view the world through “worker bee” lenses. But in the toil and tizzy the Lord whispers, “my feet, my feet.” My shoulders drop because I know, I knew all along that my priorities were out of alignment. I thought of myself as less than a sparrow. But He beckons. “Be still and know that I am God.” I AM. So much power in this one phrase. Be still and know that I was, I AM, and I will be. Seek me, seek me for I will give to you. Live in this moment, see me, listen to me in this moment. Tomorrow will come but tomorrow has enough worries of its own. Focus on today, the gift of today. Life today as the Father gives and pours out on us. Take time to rest, be still, and know that He is God.