I must say during these hot months of July I love getting out in the morning when there is a whisper of coolness in the air and the sky is full of color from the sunrise. This morning I was out in the garden and as I was watering the different plants I was thinking about my bell pepper plants. One thing I've observed about them is how you could have a decent size bell pepper growing and not even realize it because it gets enveloped inside a multitude of leaves. It hit me this morning (I can be a little slow) that this is a careful little detail in God's provision for these peppers. If these peppers are totally exposed to the raging heat of the sun they get scorched and are no good, yet they are protected by God's design in that they have this canopy of leaves that shade them perfectly to allow them to mature. It made me think that if God is that much in the details of this obscure little plant, how much more is He ready to be my provider? How much more does He know exactly where I live today and what I am going through and what is best for me? He truly is a loving Father and He's waiting for me to trust Him today. I was reminded of Jesus' teaching from Matthew 6 today. Here it is below from the Message version:
30 "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? 31 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. 32 People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. 33 Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. 34 "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."
May you drink this in today. Relax! Let go and trust in a God who is in the details and knows you and cares for you today!