Years ago I planted my favourite iris in what I thought was an ideal spot for its growth and my enjoyment. NOT! It has almost met its end many times. After a storm, large branches that fell on the garage roof were tossed smack dab on top of it. The stones that should protect it seem to be the natural ones to kneel on when cleaning the pond. I forget the iris and squish it when I’m focused on getting goop out of the water. Somehow it survives and reappears each spring.
Warm days have been slow coming. Corn is just now showing in the fields. Farmers nurture and protect the crop in every way possible. Jesus used the beauty of the short-lived grasses and lilies as examples of His Father’s care for everything in nature. He wanted us to understand that Father God will surely provide all that we need.
A butterfly landed by my feet as I was walking by the river earlier. The breeze was cool, but in that sheltered spot the sun was warm enough for the wee thing to be able to move about. In Psalm 145:16 David said, “You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.” (NKJV)
Jesus said, “Look at the birds… your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26 NKJV) We can’t begin to understand how much Father God treasures each one of us. We know the Lord Jesus is His beloved. The Father’s love for His Son is over the top of any we can imagine. Yet He gave His Son for us!
We know the love a human father can have for his child. Jesus said, “How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 6:11 NKJV) He wanted to assure us that even though a natural parent’s compassion may fall short, Father God’s will never.
You’ll enjoy Janet Sketchley’s post He Can Do It Again concerning God’s care for us.