Look Around You
“Martha, Martha, the Lord answered, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.”
When you are driving to work, or out in your yard, do you see the presence of God? Do you see the trees, the birds, the flowers and the beautiful sunrises or sunsets? There is beauty surrounding you, but do you look around and see it? Recently as I was driving through the countryside on a beautiful sunshiny day, my mind and mood was centered on a number of pressing matters that had come up in my daily routine. Suddenly, I became aware of the brilliantly, beautiful, spring flowers and blossoms on every side of the road. It was if the Lord was suddenly telling me that I was preoccupied with worry and upset about many things, while He was surrounding me with all the stunning beauty of His creations, which I was not seeing. I was instantly reminded of Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” It is so easy to drive, walk, and pass through life, worrying and upset about the problems and things that we deal with each day, and not seeing the glory of the Lord around us. We can get so carried away trying to face the pressures of our daily life, that we don’t notice the work of God, that surround us everywhere we look. We need to wake up and see the beauty of God’s creations, and thank Him. Just as Jesus told Martha in the scripture above, we get worried and upset when we concentrate only on the problems and trials that we see in our daily lives. There is more to life than this, and when we get our minds off our problems, only then are we able to see the presence of God all around us. So if you are struggling today with problems in your life, and they are taking away your peace and joy open your eyes and look around you. See and feel the presence of God, and then let Him help you deal with your problems. Read your Bible daily, pray to Him daily and let Him lead you.
Pastor Robert William Brock My Daily Devotional Volume Eight