Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Seeing God in the everyday

We have a crabapple tree in our back yard. We planted a few years ago when it was barely more than a twig. I thoroughly enjoy it every spring as it puts on a spectacular coat of soft pink and white blooms and a sweet fragrance.
this is from a couple years ago

I noticed in the fall the tree was absolutely loaded with the crabapple fruit. I believe I commented on it a few times. It really looked as though it could weigh down the tree.

Then this winter came (and seems it still is as I just heard 2-4 inches of snow tomorrow =( boohoo), it was bitter cold, a polar vortex they called it. Lots of snow and ice, more than we've seen in the past few winters for sure, and then I noticed it. The tree so full of crabapples was being food for birds, and squirrels.  When the ground was covered and it was impossible to find other food sources, God had provided for the animals with an abundance of fruit on our tree. 

Here is the tree earlier this winter, at least the bottom of it. Beginning of December actually. (cute kids are a just a bonus!)

This is our tree today (it's 54 degrees, stated simply to further reiterate the craziness of this winter) 

You can see where the wildlife have picked clean some areas, and as much as there is still a good amount of berries on the bottom branches, they are also picked of about 50% of the fruit that had been there.  All I see everytime I look at this tree is how God provided for the animals this winter. He knew we were going to have the winter we did. Which took me to scripture (reference from biblegateway.com). The passage is on worrying, or more so about not worrying, but notice verse 26

Matthew 6:25-34

New King James Version (NKJV)

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven,will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

I see this and can only see God at work. What a blessing to know that the God who cares for the animals loves me and cares for me. 

Have a FOCUSed blessed day!

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