O We of Little Faith
As I was driving to work one morning last week I was struck by the sight and the beauty of 12 trumpeter swans in the sky just ahead of my path. They were stunning and they lifted my spirit as they were flying north; a sign I thought, of an early spring season. The first thing on my agenda when I arrived at my office was to write my column for this bulletin and as I opened the Scripture for this Sunday, there it was;
“Look at the birds in the sky, they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them.”
How often have we wondered during a cold Minnesota winter how the birds, especially the tiniest of birds can survive the extreme cold, and yet we step outside only to hear their song. Caring for the birds is only one of a number of examples given by Jesus encouraging us to put our trust in God and know that he is caring for us. “Are you not more important than [the birds]?” We are instructed in this gospel from Matthew to not worry about tomorrow, for it will not add one moment to our lives. Often times we need to be reminded that God is with us and will see us through all things, yet many of us expend an incredible amount of energy in worrying about whether or not we have or will have what is necessary to meet our needs. “If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?” O, we, of little faith. Faith is a gift that grows over time and increases with life experience. But this happens only if we are open to receiving that gift and actively participate in nurturing it. And one thing is crucial, we must know that faith is a gift from God who loves us unconditionally and always has our best interest in his heart. We might imagine that Jusus is telling us to relax a bit, trust in God, know that he cares for you, offer up your worry and live as a people of faith.
I encourage all to re-read Matthew 6:24-34 in the coming week and imagine that this is Jesus speaking directly to you. Then sit for a moment and take in the message. May you know the wonder of God’s love for you and may your worry decrease and your faith in God increase.