I have here another “Mike picture.” Mike went out with his camera the other day when the snow and ice covered our world in a blanket of white.
I especially like this little guy Mike captured in the snow. In fact he has a whole series of him as he posed peeking from behind a tree, scampering across the grass and here, looking so inquisitive. I imagine him saying, “oh hello. I’m just fine, thanks. How are you?” I fact he looks very fine and very well fed. Mike found him over in McNaughton Park, so he probably gets scrapes from visitors to the park!
I share his picture with you today because I’ve been concerned today about the events yesterday and wondering what happens next. I have an uneasiness about our nation today, and I suspect I am not alone in this feeling. When I feel this way about large events in our world over which I have little control, I pray and try to leave them in God’s hands. Then I look around the world and notice that the sky is still above me. It’s not falling. The ground is still beneath my feet and the trees are still standing. The natural world around me seems to still be in good order. It’s an attempt to find some perspective.
Jesus said something like this once. He said, “26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?” (Matt 6: 26 – 30).
I share this with you, not to suggest that the events of yesterday were not serious; only to remind myself and you too that God is still the author of creation and the source of our greatest hope.
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