Dude, I knew I hadn’t blogged in a really long time, but I didn’t realize it had been over a year. That makes me so sad. I love blogging and I’ve thought of several topics but I never seem to get around to doing anything other than running around like crazy getting things done or lying comatose trying to avoid doing those things that need getting done. I haven’t had much motivation for any of my old “hobbies” in a really long time. Saying (writing) that out loud (on a public forum) makes me feel really lame. Well, on to not-quite-as-lame-ness.
I was recently invited by a friend to do a “scripture challenge.” Something about sharing a scripture that speaks to you on Facebook everyday for a week or so. It sounded like fun but quite honestly, I was too lazy to participate. But today I was thinking about what I think might be my absolute favortitest scripture ever in the whole wide world. I was going to post it on Facebook, but realizing I had a lot to say about it, it might be too long for Facebook and might be better as a blog post. The scripture is From the bible in Matthew 6: 25-33. I know, that’s a lot of verses and its pretty long, but I just can’t break it down any smaller, each part of it is just so powerful. In the King James Version it reads:
“25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Oh. My. Gosh. Powerful. Comforting. I love it! How often do we worry, stress, freak out and obsess over “these things.” Whatever “these things” are to each of us (love, marriage, money, children, school, jobs, illness) we need to have a little faith and stop losing it over them. I know I lose it plenty of times about lots of things. Money is one of them. Finances are a major problem for probably 99.9% of the population of the world. We worry about what we will eat, drink, and wear. These are valid worries. As George Bailey says in the amazing movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” money “comes in real handy down here, bub!” God isn’t saying we shouldn’t work hard and make a good life for ourselves. That just doesn’t even make sense. And I firmly believe that God makes sense. What I think He’s saying is that He doesn’t want it to consume us. Which, wether we are rich or poor, it so often does. But there is more to life than that. There is joy, and family, and things of eternal significance to think about.
I love that the Lord compares us to the splendor of nature. Nature is beautiful. The grasses of the field, the majestic birds of the air, and the gorgeous lilies! The Lord takes care of them, provides for them, and makes them beautiful. We are even more precious and beautiful to God because we are made in His image, so it stands to reason that He would take care of us at least as well as He does them. Besides, what can we really do of ourselves anyway. We can’t make ourselves taller, and even King Solomon wasn’t arrayed as a lily. Everything we have is a gift from God. We make money because we were blessed with abilities and skills to work. We eat and drink because He has provided food and water on this earth.
So what do we have to do to get the assurance that the Lord will provide for us in our time of need? “Seek first the kingdom of God.” I’m not always very good at this. I pursue the wrong priorities, neglect responsibilities and I sin. But I’ve noticed, and been promised that when I do put God first, everything else will fall into place. And it has. Every time I take a leap of faith and do something the Lord wants me to do, even if I don’t know how it will work out, it does. When I do the essentials in my daily life (pray, read the scriptures, keep the commandments), I get blessings. More and more and more blessings. Things just seem to work out. Doors open. And when they don’t, I know it’s ok because God closing doors allows us to find the right ones to open. And He wants to help us open them!
Another scripture I love is Luke 11:9-13.
God wants to bless us. He’s begging us to let Him bless us. We make one little right choice and we get blessed immensely more than we could ever deserve. I can’t really comprehend this kind of love that the Lord has for us. But it helps to imagine how, as a parent, I want my children to be happy. I want to give them what they want, if it’s good for them. I don’t play cruel jokes on them by giving them something they hate or something that would be bad for them when they ask for something they’d enjoy (not judging those who take Jimmy Kimmel’s advice and prank their kids). And neither does God.
Sometimes putting the kingdom of God first is easier said than done. But thankfully the Lord gives us this promise in the Book of Mormon: 1 Nephi 3:7 says,
“ 7 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”
No matter what the Lord gives us, no matter what He asks us to do, He will provide a way. He will help us make it happen. And that is a very comforting thought. It’s what keeps me going. It’s what keeps me trying harder and making an effort and picking up blogging again. It’s what keeps me praying for help, knowing He IS there, He IS listening, and He DOES help. Thank goodness, because I can’t do it on my own.