This post is re-blogged from House2House. As I read, it the scripture from Matthew 6 came to me also in regards to our Father taking care of us.
Look at the birds in the sky! They don’t plant or harvest. They don’t even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven takes care of them. Aren’t you worth more than birds? Can worry make you live longer? Why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow. They don’t work hard to make their clothes. But I tell you that Solomon with all his wealth wasn’t as well clothed as one of them. God gives such beauty to everything that grows in the fields, even though it is here today and thrown into a fire tomorrow. He will surely do even more for you! Why do you have such little faith? Don’t worry and ask yourselves, “Will we have anything to eat? Will we have anything to drink? Will we have any clothes to wear?” Only people who don’t know God are always worrying about such things. Your Father in heaven knows that you need all of these. But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well. Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. You have enough to worry about today.
Hidden In Plain Sight Posted on September 15, 2013 by Ken
As Tony walked up the hill to his cabin he saw a bunny. Tony hadn’t noticed the bunny until he was just a foot or two away from it. But now, startled, it ran off. Why didn’t Tony notice the bunny? Maybe because of the beauty of the woods surrounding the camp. Maybe he was lost in his thoughts. But he was surprised that he hadn’t seen it until it bounced away.
At that moment he heard God reminding him that often the answer is hidden in plain sight.
Last week at the house church that I attend we read Matthew 7:9-11. Jesus said, “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Later we were talking about some of the complexities that we were facing. One woman Let’s call her Lucy talked about being financially unstable for the first time in years. She even had to sell her car to meet her needs. She added that being in this position made her feel alone and vulnerable. The fear in her voice made it clear that she was having a hard time trusting God. I thought it was ironic that so many people mentioned prayer requests that dealt with the lack of jobs or job interviews. I have to admit that I have had my share of doubt lately when it comes to how God would provide.
But the answer was clear. We had just talked about it. If we need a fish, will God give us a snake? No. God wants to give us good gifts. Even though things were tight now for Lucy, God would not forsake her. He promised it and told her on the very night that she needed to hear it, but she missed it. It was hidden in plain sight.
That’s when I told the group about Tony and the bunny. Tony had used that story to encourage me just a few days earlier. I’m telling you now in hopes that it will encourage you. Sometimes we need to slow down and look at how God has been providing for us even through the difficult times; how he’s been answering our questions; or how he’s trying to give us the patience to wait. Sometimes it takes a brother or sister in Christ to help us see what is hidden in plain sight.
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