Consider the Lilies

I was such a young artist when I wanted to do a detail painting of one of my favorite passages of Scripture, Matthew 6:25-34.  It is Christ’s warning in the Sermon on the Mount about how the greatest treasure in life is to live free from worry by considering “The birds of the air… and the lilies of the field.”  I was excited about this painting until my little new born, Jonathan David, crawled into my studio and spilled over a table of water onto the painting and washed away a third of the water color.  That got my attention.  I prayed, “Lord, what’s going on?”  He answered, “You are trying to minister to others about considering the lilies but you’ve never considered them for yourself.”  OUCH.  I left the art work behind and sat before some lilies and let them preach a sermon to me: