BY REBEKAH LAMORENA
Last weekend, my boyfriend and I decided to spend the morning at the botanical gardens. When we arrived, we were met by rows and rows of tulips. It was a dream come true!
Anyway, as we were walking, I couldn’t help but think of these words:
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you,
take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting,
so you can respond to God’s giving."
Sometimes the voices of discouragement in our heads can rise above what we know to be true.
For me, the verses above are a beautiful reminder that:
1. God can provide in ways only He can.
When the weeds of worry spring up in our lives, our first response is always to try to solve our problems on our own. We push and we pull and we stretch, only to find ourselves exhausted and defeated.
Often I underestimate God's provision and care for me, and that in itself shows how little I understand the magnitude of His love. Instead of looking to Him to complete me, I am often guilty of taking matters into my own hands - living as if it's my job to do His. I say things like, “God, if you just tell me, then I’ll believe in You.” or “Explain your plan to me, and maybe then I’ll count on You.”
But this isn’t faith. In fact it’s the very opposite. Faith is trusting God even when - and especially when - we do not know what tomorrow holds.
Lilies, or wildflowers in this translation of the verse, neither toil nor spin; they do nothing to feed or nourish themselves. Instead, the passage above says that God lovingly provides exactly what they need in order for them to blossom beautifully.
Provision and progress come when we rest on God’s promises. Steven Furtick put it this way - you cannot breathe the air of anxiety and expect to live in an atmosphere of peace.
In this season, I am learning this: God is never at a loss to know what He's going to do in our lives. He wants His best for us more than we want His best for ourselves. He knows us more than we know ourselves. He hears our cries. He knows every single desire and need we have in our heart. We don’t have to struggle and strive for what God has already given us. Our role is simply to obey and trust that God will act.
2. You are right where God wants you to be.
Various internet sources estimate that an adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day. That is, well, a lot. Of these 35,000 choices, a giant proportion is directly related to our emotions. When it comes to our feelings, we will always have a choice.
Our daily decisions don’t have to be dictated by doubts, despair and difficulty. Like many have said before me, the grass isn’t greener on the other side - the grass is greener where you water it. We may not always have a choice as to where God takes us, but we can always choose our response.
We spend so much time asking God for more fertile soil, but the truth is we can bloom right where we have been planted. I take comfort in knowing that God is involved in the millions of things - both big and small - that make up my life. Surely He knows where I need to be right now.
And don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else.
"Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there.”
(1 Corinthians 7:17)
3. You are enough.
While I was walking around, I was taken aback by the beauty and intricacy of each flower that surrounded me. They were all completely different, yet all so beautiful. And I think we can all learn something from this.
Flowers exist only momentarily - they’re here today and gone tomorrow. Yet God continually chooses to lavish his energy and love on them. What more with you, his workmanship whom He has formed in his own image? I imagine that God feels the same way toward us - only a thousand times more.
We are all expressions of God’s workmanship and beauty, and there is no need to compare what we have with those growing around us. I have found that there is no win in comparison - only pride, insecurity, doubt and defeat. Comparison forces us to seek affirmation from everyone… except God, and it ultimately leads to dissatisfaction with who God has made us to be.
There is so much freedom in knowing and believing that we are wonderfully made, set apart and so valuable to God. This is your reminder that you are valued, esteemed, adored. You are not an afterthought. You are His handiwork, his pride and joy, his very own - and there will never be another one like you.
4. God is more than enough.
This has been weighing heavily on my heart lately. If there's anything I want you to get out of reading this, it's that God - and God alone - is more than enough!
I discovered this when I began to seek Him as the answer, and not for an answer. He is your portion... your all in all... your missing puzzle piece. You don't have to wait for anything or anyone else to experience joy, freedom and fullness today.
Funnily enough, it is in the empty spaces and blank pages that God continues to show me just how full and exciting and hope-filled my story is. Not will be or was - is. Today I stand complete in Him and through Him. Not because I'm enough, but because Christ in me is more than enough.
Despite what we are going through, God wants us to wait on Him with the confidence that He is in control and with the eager expectation that He will bring about what He has promised us.
God can and will provide for you. You are where God wants you to be. You are enough. And He is more than enough.