Finding Contentment in the Moment

Look how the wild flowers grow! They don’t work hard to make their clothes. But I tell you that Solomon with all his wealth wasn’t as well clothed as one of these flowers.  God gives such beauty to everything that grows in the fields, even though it is here today and thrown into a fire tomorrow. Won’t he do even more for you? You have such little faith!  Don’t keep worrying about having something to eat or drink.  Only people who don’t know God are always worrying about such things. Your Father knows what you need.  But put God’s work first, and these things will be yours as well.”  Luke 12:27-31

How often do we lose focus on the present while straining to look ahead, focusing instead on worry, needs or wants?

Have you ever been engaged in conversation with someone who, instead of keeping their focus on you, was constantly looking over you at something or someone else?

I can only wonder how God must feel as we take our focus off him – looking beyond him, and the present, to a worry, need or want.

Remember the wild flowers.

I begin talking to God about a problem or concern in my life, and somehow before I finish the conversation, my mind is already racing ahead, exploring possible contingencies.  All too often, it’s hard for me to put aside worry and doubt, but I am told to…

remember the wild flowers.

In those times, I can feel the sting of Luke’s rebuke – a rebuke of my lack of faith.

Corrie ten Boom reminds us of the futility of worry when she said: “Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”

To be content in the moment, is to realize the awesome ability of God to satisfy any temporal needs we may have.  We can place our worries, needs, and yes – wants before him, with the assurance that he is able “to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think…”.  And lest we forget…

remember the wild flowers.