Prayer notes

Let’s pray ……

A few days ago, we drove down to Mountstewart for a walk in the grounds. It was a beautiful day of sunshine and gentle breezes, so we walked past the lake and took the Ploughman’s Hill Walk, stopping off at the Red Squirrel Hide before going on through the trees and out on to the estate road leading to what we had really come to see …… the new(ish) wild flower meadow.

And what a sight it was! From the sunflowers growing at the roadside to the meadow stretching up the gentle slope it was stunning, with the whole area covered in poppies, scabious, meadow sweet, cornflower – and many more wild flowers all “dancing” in the breeze. And there were numerous bees, butterflies and wasps to add to the spectacle.

Walking through the meadow, I remarked that it reminded me of the scene where Maximus (Russell Crowe) walks through the Elysian Fields in the film “Gladiator” (if you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth a watch!).

Jesus says,

“Walk into the fields and look at the wild flowers. They don’t fuss with their appearance – but have you ever seen colour and design quite like it? [-] If God gives such attention to the wild flowers, most of them never seen, don’t you think He’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do His best for you?          [From Luke chapter 6 – The Message]

I know that nature can sometimes be harsh, even terrifying. But isn’t it good that it can also remind us that we are loved – with the everlasting, unchanging, ever dependable love of our heavenly Father?

Father,

Thank you for Jesus’ words, and for the lesson of the flowers. Help me not to worry and fret about things that don’t matter, or which I don’t understand. Help me to live today, and every day, in assurance of Your love. In Jesus’ name.

Amen