Just Be

Finally, spring is here! What a welcome sight after winter when everything seems to be so brown. With spring we get the rebirth of the trees and flowers. The colors seem so vivid and bright and the grass is so green! I love the warmer weather and longer days. I always notice that spring comes and there is a great transformation that takes place, but I am not sure I always really pay attention and appreciate the miracle and meaning of it. What an amazing thing nature is—it just does its thing reliably and by design and in tune with the circle of life. Trees lose their leaves in preparation for winter, plants have a way to reseed themselves to create new life, flowers grow in the wild to provide nourishment for animals, birds and bees. And so the cycle of life continues on year after year. Pretty amazing.

And, all of this happens without the help of man. Sometimes, in spite of man. Jesus states in Matthew 6:28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.” Without worry or planning or design, the flowers grow. And then they are able to just be. I tend to have a lot of doing in my life and maybe I should take a lesson from the flowers and just be and trust that what is supposed to happen will happen according to God’s will. The tree doesn’t worry whether or not its leaves will ever grow back, it just waits and weathers the winter storms and sure enough spring comes and the leaves return.

Jesus goes on to say in Matthew 6:31 “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?” I am guilty of this remark—too little faith. I take it upon myself to toil and work and do, and forget to have faith. If God loves the flowers and the trees this much, just think what he has in store for me. Nature is a constant reminder of the miracle of God and the promise of God. Whether I fret, worry or whine the world moves forward and, inevitably, night will turn in to day and winter will give way to spring.

Dear God, thank you for reminding me of your love through the trees and the flowers and the miracles that exist in nature and every season. Thank you for loving me more than the flowers and the trees. Forgive me when I labor, spin and worry through lack of faith. Thank you for your constancy and steadfast love. Amen.

Kelley Evans

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