... in the abundance of autumn
We all worry at times. Will I make my appointment? Will my train be on time? Will the kids be safe at school or university? Will he/she get home safely? Will the money stretch to the end of the week/ month? Do I have enough for a meal? Where will I sleep tonight?
Yet this familiar passage from Matthew 6:24-34 KJV (AV) reminds us: ‘And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Verse 32 and 33 go on to reassure us that ‘... your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of these things’ and ‘all these things will be added unto you.’
So why do we worry? This little story reminds us why we need not.
On the bus home from a clinic appointment the other day – it’s so difficult to park the car at the hospital, and expensive, too – I noticed that the trees were beginning to put on their glorious autumn clothing; their leaves quietly changing from greens to vibrant reds, golden yellows and velvety browns before dropping to the ground. Later walking from the bus stop so many acorns crunched beneath my feet! An abundance of food that will keep every squirrel in the neighbourhood and beyond satisfied for a very long time, whilst still leaving plenty to spare! The beauty and the abundance of God’s Creation were displayed in a single afternoon, lightening the worry of the hospital appointment. That is where I found God that afternoon.