Matthew 6:28 (Amplified Bible)
28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and [a]learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.
During my devotions on Saturday, I was reading from Streams in the Desert which included the above Bible verse, as well as a story and poem about taking our needs to God in prayer. The poem by an anonymous author reads as follows:
Yes, leave it with Him,
The lilies all do,
And they grow–
They grow in the rain,
And they grow in the, dew–
Yes, they grow:
They grow in the darkness, all hid in the night–
They grow in the sunshine, revealed by the light–
Still they grow.
Yes, leave it with Him
‘Tis more dear to His heart,
You will know,
Than the lilies that bloom,
Or the flowers that start
‘Neath the snow:
Whatever you need, if you seek it in prayer,
You can leave it with Him–for you are His care.
You, you know.
I feel like perhaps I have written before about this subject before. I know it is a subject that I am reminded of often as I do my devotions, listen to or read teachings of others. The reminders come from so many sources, that I know He is still working on me in this issue. Whatever we need, we can just leave it with the Lord, seek what we need in prayer. Note that the key word is “NEED”.
I have prayed for things I WANT or think I NEED and wondered why my requests seem to be ignored or why I hear a resounding No when a door is closed to me. Is God ignoring my requests? Does He not care about the things I want and think I need in my life to make it better? Yes He does care about what I want and is not ignoring me; however, my wants and desires may not be what He feels I need at this time. He has something much better in His plan for me.
I find that to be a very difficult concept to grasp onto at times. Logically, it is a simple concept–He wants what is best for me .BUT……I am human of course. What about the wants I have? Are they bad things? Probably not. Are they things I need I really need in order to live a fuller life, to be happier in my life? Again, probably not. Perhaps some of those “want or desires” are in God’s plan for me, but at a different time, or perhaps not. Only the future will answer that question.
In the meantime, God has other lessons for me to learn, other plans in the present to bring me into a closer relationship with Him; to fulfill other things that He sees as being true necessities to bring me to a richer, fuller life. For that, I am very grateful and I praise Him. As it is so clearly stated in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
As I do that I must also learn patience–lovely word, lovely value, but so difficult to have so many times! God will reveal His plans for me in His good and perfect timing and I know it will be infinitely better than anything I could ever imagine or hope for. As the lilies grow so beautifully under God’s care, so will I and so will all of us.
Thanks for listening dear friends. I hope your day is filled with many wonderful blessings!