And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.
Matthew 6 : 28 – 29
Have you spent time appreciating nature more in the last few months? Over the weekend (between the showers) I found myself wandering down to the Water of Leith. It’s not the magnificence of the Cullens in Skye, admittedly, (where I’d normally be visiting at this time of year), but listening to the running water and observing the various birds provides real comfort, as well as a restart moment and reassurance. No matter the anxieties of what’s going on in our lives and the wider world right now, there is solitude and nature to enjoy right on our doorstep.
As you’ll maybe have noticed on a Sunday morning – both on Zoom and in person, I’m not particularly what you would describe as a ‘follower of fashion’… Nevertheless, I think it’s safe to say that we can sometimes be distracted by the desire to have nice commodities and stylish outfits – PLEASE notice that I didn’t include haircuts there! 😊
These words in Matthew are a reminder that such concerns are in fact distracting us from what matters most. Like the nature around us, we can all serve God with purpose and lead our lives to the full – regardless of possessions or adopting the latest style.
Loving God, Thank you for our bodies and lives you have given us. Help us not to be distracted or overwhelmed by appearances or what’s in style – and remind us that you are there to take care of our concerns and anxieties.
Find some nature or tranquillity in your surroundings and spend some time enjoying natural beauty.