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tigerlilyThe birds were up very early this morning and they were in good voice, waking me long before my alarm had a chance. Although it’s now officially summer we have been enjoying birdsong and lovely flowers for quite awhile. I am always amazed that no matter how diligent or dismissive I am, flowers thrive and bring joy with colorful beauty to the world. It’s a perfect time to hear Jesus say, “Consider the lilies of the field…the birds of the air…Will God not much more provide for you? So do not worry…” (MT 6:24-34). I always knew I wasn’t supposed to worry but recently, blessedly, the truth of that concept dug deep into my spirit and now I understand at some elemental level the truth of how useless worry really is. Worry about what may or may not happen is a waste of energy because when whatever it is does not happen we are just left depleted for no reason. Is it not better to trust God and do our part to forestall a potential situation so that we still have all our energy if it does, in fact, happen? Easily said, of course. What if, each time we recognized worry rising up inside, we visualized God holding out large, capable, willing hands to us inviting us to hand over the worry. Perhaps after awhile, if we did hand it over, this practice would sink down into our souls and allow the trust necessary to face situations with confidence, hearing clearly the conclusion of this text as Jesus says, “Your heavenly Father knows what you need. Seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness…Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself…”