24. Do not worry, just be (1)

Last week we saw that we have to be like an ox for God. We have to be strong, loyal, hardworking, groundbreakers, dedicated to Him and Him alone. God wants us to till the ground for Him and to be exemplary in our actions for Him.

The oxen as we saw were the footing on which the sea of bronze stood. But interestingly the brim of the sea was shaped like the brim of a cup, like a lily blossom. Now I don't know about you, but a lily is in stark contrast to an ox for me. But therein lies the beauty. A lily immediately made me think of Matthew 6:28, 29:

"So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as one of these."

God looks after the lilies. Let us take a closer look at lilies. Have you ever seen a lily frantic and stressed out that it will not get enough water or nutrition? Have you ever seen a lily trying to be a cactus? Have you ever seen a lily seeking fame? The answer goes without saying. Lilies just are who they were created to be. And even Solomon, the richest man who ever lived, was not as beautifully clothed as they.

What should this say to us? We must follow the example of the lily. Even though God wants us to be like oxen - hardworking, strong, loyal, groundbreakers, He also wants us to know that we must do all these things, but without the stress, like a lily. We shouldn't try to be someone we are not, we shouldn't seek fame and we certainly shouldn't stress. If God has placed something on your heart, don't worry about how it all will come to pass. Simply follow His Voice, trust Him to lead you and to guide you. God has so many plans for us, He knows our strengths and weaknesses, our likes and dislikes and He will use it for His glory. We should simply be ourselves and follow Him. That is all. The rest is in His hands. He will lead and guide you; He will show the way and open the right doors. He will do it and look after you, for you are much more valuable to Him than a lily.

Therefore breathe in deeply. Breathe in the new life that He has blessed you with and breathe out all the futility of this world. Do this a couple of times and see how you are breathing in heavenly air and breathing out this world. Then go out and do what you must do, then just be and allow Him to take over.

Thank you Father that You have a specific plan for us. We rejoice in that plan and we look forward to that plan materializing. We will go out and do our best and leave the rest to You. May You be glorified every step of the way! Amen

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