Let me ask you a question, did you stay awake all night long praying that the sun would rise this morning, or were you afraid to lay down and go to sleep because you were afraid your digestive system would quit working or your heart would forget to beat in your chest so that your blood would circulate, have you made a conscious effort today to make sure your eyes batted in order to keep your eyes moist? Did you answer yes to any of those questions? You probably said, “That girl has lost her mind, what is she even talking about?” I just became aware while I was quietly meditating this morning of all those things which we simply take for granted. I was not afraid when I made my little pancake for breakfast this morning that it would not digest, that the soy powder protein it was made with would somehow rebel in my stomach and decided not to digest. While I was waiting I became aware that my bladder was full and needed to be relieved yet I didn’t wonder how the water was made in my body or how my kidneys filtered it. Are you tired of this dialog yet? Simply trying to make the point that the things we take for granted every day are the very things that our lives depend upon in order to continue to live! As sick as my dad was in the moments before he took his last breath his lungs were still drawing in oxygen and his heart continued to beat until God took his spirit out of his worn out temple and exchanged it for a robe of light!
The Bible says in Genesis 1:1-5 First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, and an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. God spoke: “Light!” And light appeared. God saw that light was good and separated light from dark. God named the light Day and he named the dark Night. It was evening; it was morning—Day One.
If you continue to read the chapter you see God creating all the vegetation, animals and finally He made a man in His own image. From the side of the man He took a rib and created a companion for the man, a woman. He set life into motion with the breath of His own nostrils and then He walked with them every evening and discussed things with them. They were His creation and He loved them the way you love your baby from the moment, for a mom, that you first feel them kicking from the inside of your belly and for a dad I think it was the moment my children’s dad saw them and had them placed in his arms. I mentioned in “Musings” about the way the kitty immediately knew how to be a mother to four precious kittens without instruction from her mother, a nurse or a manual on “How to care for your kittens”. That is nature as it was intended from the beginning that things would be carried on in a natural way every day on this earth.
God still does His part in that the sun rises every morning and the moon goes through a cycle each month from being full all the way down to the silver sliver called the “new moon” and the tides of the sea are controlled within these cycles. The stars were placed in the sky and were used for centuries by men travelling on land and on the sea and if you don’t believe they really do play a role in our everyday life then you don’t realize just how big is our God.
Now let me ask you something else… why is it that you worry that you are not going to be healed, that your financial needs are not gong to be met, that the things you need will not come? Do you remember that the Children of Israel were in the desert for forty years and that God supplied them with food and water? That the shoes on their feet didn’t wear out? How many of you reading this have shoes that are forty-plus years old that you can still wear? God provided a cloud by day for natural air conditioning and a pillar of fire by night so that they would be warmed. When they were at the Red Sea on one side and had soldiers chasing them trying to kill them from the other God opened the sea for them to walk across on dry ground and then drowned their enemies behind them! Let me ask you again, what are you worried about?
Philippians 4:11-14 Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.
When Jesus taught the disciples to pray He gave them the formula to follow when going to God and we would do good to follow it ourselves, it says: Matthew 6: 9-13 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
Matthew 6: 30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
Now let me ask you one more time: What are you worried about?