As busy as it is around here, I always stop to smell the roses. Every day. They’re the old-fashioned, smell-divine variety. Taking in its beauty both in sight and fragrance, I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes, spoken by the One who holds all things together:
Do not be anxious 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 important than food, and the body more than clothing? [Yes.] Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? [YES!]
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? [None of us.]
And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, o you of little faith? Therefore… [because you know these things to be true] do not be anxious…
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
-Matthew 6:25-34, selected