Don’t Be Anxious

Two Beautiful Hostas

Every Summer I enjoy going out to look at my flower garden. Although I love color, I find most flowering plants don’t last long so I decided to put in a couple of hostas to fill in some spaces and help the garden look nice all summer.

hostas mostly there

Well it seems that I am not the only one who likes to enjoy those two plants.

How do I know?

hostas eaten

Who has been snacking on the hostas?

Just before we answer that question, lets look at a scripture:

Luke 12:24 “Consider the ravens they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!”

I know that its not ravens who are eating the hostas – and I know that I cannot be angry at the culprit because I know that God is providing for their need.

Am I happy about this?

No and yes.

No because the hostas aren’t covering the garden as nicely as they could.

And, yes because an animal is able to eat.

It’s time to reveal the culprit, our midnight muncher.

Deer eating compost - canva

God is providing for this deer – he just doesn’t realize I would rather he ate the long grass in my backyard.

What can we learn from this?

Matthew 6:31-32 “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ … Our heavenly Father knows that we need them all.

He will Provide

All  we have to do is:

1. Abide – John 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

2. Be  Generous – Luke 6:38 – ESV – Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

3. Ask – Seek – Knock – Matthew 7:7-8 – “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

4. Pray – Matthew 21:22 – Amplified – And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.

As we enjoy what is left of our gardens, lets remember that we can trust God to take care of our needs – and there is no need to be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:19).

 

 

:What one change could you make to not be anxious about anything?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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