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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Imitating the Father

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Matthew 6:25-27

"Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!" He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm." Matthew 8: 23-26

In the midst of the snow storm today, there was a flurry of activity at our bird feeders. Sparrows, juncos, cardinals, blue jays and various types of finches were eagerly seeking sustenance. We took great joy in watching them. I thought about the verses in Matthew 6, which says that God provides for these beautiful creatures. They don't need to worry.

Yesterday I listened to a sermon by James MacDonald about trusting God, and not worrying. He pointed out that in the original language the word storm was a seismic, mega storm. Jesus would have known that a storm was coming. But yet, he still chose to get into the boat. He also chose to sleep and trust His Heavenly Father. You could say that He was resting in His Daddy's arms. He knew that He would be taken care of, as well as His disciples.

What a great example for us - to imitate our Heavenly Father, like Jesus did. Choose to walk in His path. Choose not to worry. Choose to trust that He is going to take care of us, even when we aren't sure of the situation and can't see a positive outcome. In the midst of the storm, choose to trust!

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