Ordinary Flowers

Amy Clemens

Read: Matthew 6:24-34

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (vv. 28-29)

The first time I saw daylilies growing along the roadside in New England, I found their glory almost delicious. The orange blossoms and their spiked foliage peered out through alternating shafts of light and shade from an arching canopy of old hardwoods. Wild, but beautiful. And so wasteful, extravagant—just one day for each bloom. Having grown up in barren West Texas, I was certain I had never seen anything so lovely.

Wildflowers always manage to look sweeter to me than cultivated varieties, forming nature’s bouquet. Not planted, not tended, not weeded, not watered except by the hand of the Creator. They are worry free.

Jesus didn’t worry. He was what we might call “centered,” full of trust in his Abba, and always ready with a little story to illustrate his big story. God the Father cares for each common bird, each hair on our heads, each simple flower that’s here today and gone tomorrow. Wasteful, some would say, to lavish time and energy on things so ordinary, but our basic needs are on the Father’s heart; we can walk into God’s will, free from anxiety. Worry can’t add a single hour, but it surely can ruin the ones we have. —Amy Clemens

As you pray, give your worry over life’s necessities to God. He already knows! Trust our Father for daily bread and ask what else is on his heart.