Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Lilies and Sparrows

This is my most recent mixed-media piece. The picture does not show the texture of it, but it is composed of acrylic paint, paper, wood, gel medium, molding paste, pastels, and a resist of petroleum jelly. There are cut-outs of birds printed with verses from Matthew and Luke, as well as handwritten texts.
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. ...Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? "Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. (Luke 12: 6-7, 25-31)

Every generation has its troubling times. Insecurity and fear are common to all humanity. Whether it is economies or wars or social unrest--or some combination of the three--life is tenuous. No one can predict the future, and it is easy to be afraid of the unknown.

There is, however, a difference between a healthy respect/preparation for the future and worrying about things outside of one's control. God does not want His children to consume themselves with things that only HE can control. The future belongs to Him, and He is faithful to meet the needs of those who trust Him.

Nature is resplendent in its glory, but its beauty is short. God created all the colors and textures for His pleasure and our enjoyment, but his joy in that creation is nothing compared to his love for us. If He derives joy from lilies and if He meets the needs of sparrows, how much more will He derive joy from and meet the needs of us, His children?

Rejoice! For He holds the future, and we are secure in His care.

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