“And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!” – Matthew 6:28-30
In my last post I wrote about the “birds of the air” and how in the original language, the passage has the idea of fixedly observing the birds, as contrasted with casual observation. I then considered whether Jesus might have been speaking more than rhetorically, and actually suggesting that his hearers go out and intently observe the birds.
But he did not stop there. In the passage above, the word translated as “observe” likewise is not a casual observation, but has a fuller definition of “to learn thoroughly.” From a literary perspective, such compelling language, used in a parallel structure, strongly suggests that Jesus was indeed urging his hearers to go and personally take time to meditate upon the birds and how they live and eat, and upon the flowers and how they grow and flourish. How do they accomplish what they do? How do they do their amazing feats?
In the observation of these things the answer is hidden on how to not be worried or anxious or stressed about this life and all its most important concerns.
Have you ever taken some time to carefully study the birds and flowers in light of these questions? What did you learn? If you never have, why not try it? Let me know what you find out.