Consider the Lilies and How They Grow
Trusting God through life’s daily struggles
by Joanne Troppello
In Chapter 12 of Luke starting in verse 22, Jesus shared to His disciples why they should not worry about their lives and what they’re going to eat or wear. He continues with various examples like the ravens that don’t reap or sow, yet God provides for them—and that worrying won’t “add one cubit to our stature.” (verse 25).
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? – Luke 12:27-28 (NKJV)
I love the last part of verse 28 when Jesus asked, “how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?” I don’t want to have little faith. I want to have a big faith in a big God.
Yes, I’ve faltered through the years in my Christian walk and haven’t always believed as I should have. Although, I can honestly share that my faith is sure and will never falter in my God. I know that He doesn’t give me everything I want, but He provides everything I need.
I have seen Him work miracles and answer prayers—and even provide answers to things I haven’t prayed for. I praise Him for the unanswered prayers that, in hindsight, would have been very bad for my life. Yet, I didn’t know that at the time. However, God sees all and knows all.
Flowers are Like People
When I look at a flower,
I see many things.
Flowers are like children of God,
full of His love and power.
The stem is planted in good ground,
so rooted it stays and grows.
It’s like one of God’s children,
whose soul is rooted in Him.
Petals fill it with natural beauty
all colors combined.
So our hearts radiate God’s love,
and show our true duty.
The sturdy stem adds support,
so the flower stands strong.
Likewise the mind is a means of
helping to defend our heart.
In God’s infinite wisdom,
He created us His children
to be His loving little ones,
who’ll reside in his Kingdom.
© Joanne Troppello
Just as God has created flowers and provides the sun to help them grow, He has created man in His image.
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27 (NKJV)
I want my roots to be planted in God and His Word, and to develop a deeper prayer life, where my focus is centered on praise and worship. I want my heart to radiate God’s love to those around me in this world that is experiencing hardships and End Times signs.
“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
My heart, mind, and soul are focused on God’s Kingdom. I am thankful everyday that Jesus died on the cross to save me. He died to save you and everyone else as well. Are you Heaven bound?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.