Have you ever considered how much we want more — more praise from others, more wealth, more stuff? And yet all around us we have evidence of how God provides abundantly, regardless of how we strive for more.
This is the time of year when the Flint Hills are covered with wildflowers of every hue. After the dormancy of winter and the fires of spring, the grass and wildflowers really take off, as if in a hurry to make up for lost time. But why? What’s the point of wildflowers, really? If they grow in your yard, you might call them weeds. And in a few weeks, under the blazing summer sun, they’ll be gone and the grass will turn brown and the colors of spring will be only a memory.
But God still clothes the hills in color every spring. Whenever I see them, I’m reminded of what Jesus said: “Consider the lilies, 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.” Jesus was reminding his disciples that God provides for everything we need, and it has nothing to do with our own efforts. When we worry and anxiously pursue the values of this world, we’re taking our eyes off the giver of every good thing.
God has a different economy than men. A few verses later, Jesus tells his disciples to sell their possessions and give to those in need. The world’s treasure is fleeting, but serving God and furthering his kingdom lays up eternal treasure. Because, as Jesus said, “where your treasurer is, there will your heart be, also.” What kind of treasure are you laying up?