April 2016

Nikki Ho-ShingAs seasons change, in nature and in life, it’s important to always come back to a place of tranquility. We’ve touched on this before. In January, we talked about the turn of a new calendar year signaling a key inflection point—encouragement to find the perfect peace that only God can give. This month, the arrival of spring should prompt a reset in our spirits, especially if we’ve allowed our hearts and mind to be dampened and bogged down by the struggles of daily life. For those crestfallen and in that place, Matthew 6:25-33 (AMP) provides a cure for this anxiety and worry:

“Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by worrying can add one [a]hour to [the length of] his life? And why are you worried about clothes? See how the lilies and wildflowers of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin [wool to make clothing], yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory and splendor dressed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive and green today and tomorrow is [cut and] thrown [as fuel] into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; [but do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.”

This section reads almost like a springtime letter reminding us that as spring has sprung, nature is here to remind us of God’s promises and in those we should find tranquility. What a timely reminder of His provisions and foresight, as well as His love and compassion towards us. As the flowers you planted last fall begin to bloom in your gardens and the birds begin to start singing earlier in the morning sun, take the time to take in the Lord’s splendor as a reminder to be of good courage and a sound heart, not giving easily into the temptation to worry and fret. Matthew reminds us that His creations teach us how to find rest and tranquility in His promise of always providing just what we need. The wildflowers show us how complete and full His works are—nothing is left unfinished and we lack nothing while resting in His presence. Even the singing birds of spring, which are now showing up earlier in the morning, show us the pure, unparalleled joy found in remembering how well we are loved by the King. This month let us invite tranquility to blossom within our hearts.

Written By,
Nikki Ho-Shing
Writing Contributor for The Holy Tabernacle
April 2016