Mar. 26, 2013
“For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?
Anyone tired of winter? Aren’t we all?
We’ve had this running conversation at our house as to whether the robins have returned. Last week, Rick professed he saw a robin on Thursday. On Friday, we went for a “looking-for-robins” walk. I didn’t see one, but Rick is confident he heard one. I discovered this cartoon, posted it on Facebook and now we are hearing who has and has not seen a robin yet this spring. Rick loves hearing when others have seen robins also.
It is Holy Week. For Jesus, the days and hours were very limited. A careful reading of the events from the last days of his life demonstrate poignancy to his ministry. There is no messing around, here folks. While the verses from Luke I’ve posted above aren’t from the last week of Jesus’ life, they definitely describe his view on life. Don’t sweat the small stuff. There is little advantage to worrying.
We are all grasping for any sign of spring this year, especially since it has been so slow in arriving. But Jesus didn’t come for the birds. He came for you. Look today for the indications that you are worth dying for: the unexpected phone call; the well-time hug; the kind word anonymously shared. Worrying didn’t add any time to Jesus’ life. Fortunately for us, he knows our individual worth maybe even more so than we do ourselves. Let us trust in Him more than we trust in the birds.
We look for symbols and signs around us rather than looking to You, the source of all goodness and blessing. Thank you for predetermining that we were someone worth dying for. Amen.
PS – I apologize for missing several devotions during Lent. Maybe I’ll be more inspired after Easter!