I have a hard time reading the Bible. I just do. My best friend, Daniel, grows and experiences God so much through the Word and solid facts; Greek, Hebrew, doctrinal?whatever. I don't. I don't get that stuff. I could never go to seminary because it's too packed full of FACTS. Maybe I'm not intelligent enough or something? I don't know.
What I do know is that the times I have experienced God the most is through, well, I don't know what to call it, 'stuff? I guess? I experience God the most through nature, art, music, dance, water, food, a lamp shade, carpet, a building, a fig tree (I’ve actually never seen one, but if I did I'm sure I might experience God through it) or anything other then the Bible. That isn't t say that I don't read my Bible or that it isn't important to me or that I have NEVER grown through reading. I have. I just have a difficult time with it.
I haven't written many devotionals yet, but as time goes by you might see a pattern that I write about life, not verses. Maybe I’ll find a supportive verse or something, but that's probably as far as it will go. You see, for me, God is in the trees. God is in the wind. I know that sounds completely hippieish but really, He is!
Most recently I discovered God in a piece of fruit, an orange to be exact. I was at work, I do daycare and watch 1st graders, and I was peeling an orange while sitting next to this little girl, Brooke. I hadn't eaten an orange for a long time and as I peeled this orange I held the skin in between my fingers and just felt it. I stared freaking out because the skin was so thick! It was crazy, at least to me. I look at Brooke and I exclaim, “Brooke! Look how thick this is! Isn't it crazy??
"You're crazy!" was her only response as she ran away from me. It got me to thinking that if God will put all the effort into taking this orange and giving it this outer layer of skin that is thick enough that birds wont get into eat and bugs can't penetrate it and when it falls, it will still be relatively in tact (depending on the height from which it fell), then how much more effort did He put into taking care of us??? So here is that supporting verse I was telling you about?
then Jesus said to his disciples, 'therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more then food, the body is more then clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more value are you then birds! Who of you by worry can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest??
Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or sin. Yet I tell you, even Solomon, in all his glory was dressed like one of these. That is how God clothes the grass in the field, which is here today and tomorrow thrown in the fire, how much more will he clothe you-you of little faith!?
LUKE 12: 22-28 (TNIV) (also in Matthew 6:25-34)
Honestly, I really like the way The Message Bible puts it, so if you have that available to you then I would seriously recommend reading it in there too!
Here's the thing, God is telling us to calm down! We aren't supposed to be worried. By worrying, it's like saying that He can't do His job so we need to try to take matters into our own hands. Essentially, we are saying, “God, You don't have this under control. I can't trust You to take care of this.”
I think Bob Marley said it best, "Don't worry about a thing because every little thing is gonna be alright."