What is ahead of you?
As you read this, Beryl, my wife, and I are riding our bicycles across the United States. We started in Portland, Oregon, in the end of May and will end our trip in Washington, D.C., in August.
As we pedal our bicycles, there is always an unknown before us. What is over the next mountain top? What is around the next corner?
Currently we are riding through Yellowstone National Park, and there are a lot of mountain tops and corners that make us wonder what is next.
We wonder if we have the strength to make it up one more mountain. We wonder how many more mountains we will climb. We even wonder at times if there is any flat ground in the USA.
When wondering what is next in life, what is around the next corner of life, what is over the next ridge in life, we can be reassured that God knows.
Jesus, talking to a crowd of people that are worried about what tomorrow holds, told them not to worry, it is all under control. He points to a sparrow fluttering through the sky and explains that the sparrow, the hawk, the crow, or whatever bird, does not plant a wheat field to harvest it in the fall. They don’t build grain bins to hold their crop for the chilly winter days when a blizzard howls through. And yet God makes sure they are fed.
Then Jesus points to the lily by the side of the creek and tells them to see how beautiful the lily is. Do you see the beauty of the grass in the field? Today it is growing, it finds nutrition in the soil, and gets water from the rain. They stay in one place, not working, just showing their beauty. Yet God cares for it.
Jesus then looks them in the eyes and tells them that they have far greater value than any bird, or any plant. If your heavenly father watches out for the birds of the air and the grass of the field, you can trust he will take care you.
Isaiah said, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Is 41:10).
You may not know what tomorrow holds, but you can know that God will take care of you. Trust him today. He has proven he is trustworthy.