Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! —Luke 12:27-28
We are at the point in the winter when I am ready for the leaves to be back on the bare and gangly trees. I’ve never been the biggest fan of this season, but I love the burst of life and color that comes in the spring. This makes the long, cold months worth it to me… well, almost. There are no lilies outside right now, but I know with certainty that when the seasons change, they will be sprouting anew and looking more beautiful than “Solomon in all his glory.”
I find this verse a great comfort in its description of God as the caretaker of all creation, from the immense to the mundane. We go through many seasons of life, and when we are in a particularly cold and wintry season, it can seem never-ending. But Jesus asks us in this verse to consider the flowers and how they bloom every spring under God’s care. If God so nurtures the trees and flowers, how much more will God grow and renew your life? No matter what season we are in, we are never separated from the love and tending of God. While we do not know how long our seasons in life will last, we can have confidence in a faithful caretaker who is continually working our lives for good and glory.
Lord God, you know the depths of my worries and fears. Help me look to creation as a sign of your great care for my life and a reminder that you are growing and shaping me in all seasons of my life. Amen.
Macie Lynne Sweet is a seminarian at Princeton Theological Seminary and a seminarian intern at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.