Monday, September 28, 2009
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. Matthew 6:28-29
We worried about all of the plans we had made and whether it would all work. After leaving home Wednesday, we spent the next few days cooking and sewing, shopping and worrying. The house where we stayed didn't have a TV so we couldn't watch the official weather, and yet we worried. We wanted our daughter Ariel to have a wonderful and simple wedding, and even with a simple affair there is so much to do. And much to go wrong. There were last minute alterations, minor menu changes, and many small details to keep watch over. There were also a lot of lovely people to keep track of and give directions. We kept focused and yet we were anxious.
Saturday dawned and it was beautiful and sunny. When we arrived for setup at church at 8AM, we were all alone. We privately panicked, but fairly quickly the help we needed arrived. Everyone pitched in and despite gathering family and friends from far and wide - we had a wedding. A lovely wedding. A truly gorgeous day, a stunning bride with her beautiful sisters in tow, and not a dry eye in the house. Love was palpable and evident. And suddenly all of the arrangements were of no consequence. When love is there, God is there and all worries seems to disappear.
So today, as we gently recover from a great but strenuous few days, I want to give thanks for an incredible, loving family. A gift beyond cost, a prize beyond measure. More radiant than the lilies of the field. And I want to remember that there is no need for worry when love is with us. When God is with us, there is no need for worry. And may we all live today trusting God like the lilies of the field.