MY FEATURED GUEST BLOGGER: PASTOR EUGENE C. SCOTT
Bio: EUGENE C. SCOTT is a writer, coach, counselor, photographer, pastor, non-profit director and creative. He thrives in the lee of the Rocky Mountains in Littleton, CO. He enjoys coffee, reading, metaphors, aspen groves, hiking, archery, and hunting and fishing. More than anything though, he is smitten with his wife, kids, grandkids, friends, and God. In addition to blogging regularly at www.eugenecscott.com, he has had a short story published, several poems, lyrics for a song, and articles and essays in newspapers and journals. He also served as a Pastor in seven churches and two para-church ministries. He recently retired from serving the church and now considers himself a pastor-at-large. He graduated from Colorado University in Denver with a degree in psychology, Denver Seminary with a Master of Divinity, and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA with a doctorate.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:25-26
This passage has always worried me. Forgive the pun. I’ve wondered. Does this passage portray a loving God whose care precludes such things as death and disease? Is this a promise of a life with nothing to worry about?
Birds’ lives are rather dangerous. Birds die. Hummingbirds only live three to five years. A flamingo named Greater lived until age eighty-three in captivity in an Australian zoo. What’s Jesus getting at here? Jesus seems to be alluding to Psalm 104. It’s a magnificent psalm that shows us what God’s care looks like. “The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches.” As Jesus said, God the Father provides for even the birds.
“All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time.” God’s provision is constant. But it does not hold us captive. But unlike Greater the flamingo, God does not hold us captive. And Jesus is not promising safe, trouble-free lives. “When you hide your face, they are terrified,” Psalm 104 reminds us.
I believe Jesus is calling us to observe how God the Father has ordered nature. To see what is true about God and us. The natural world does not worry. To be in their Creator’s hand in the present is enough. Nature can imagine nothing more or less. Of course, the difference for us is that the Creator gave us the ability to imagine beyond the present.
We live by more than instinct. This is a blessing and a curse. Worry creeps in through imagination. God gave birds wings; God gave us faith. And our imagination provides faith wings. We have the greater gift. Faith! Thus Jesus says, “Are you not much more valuable than they?” Yes, Jesus, we are. Please hear our prayer for faith and protection.
Thank you Pastor Eugene, for this beautiful, refreshing and insightful word. Love it! Brother and sisters, why worry? We have two choices when it comes to worrying. We can either hold onto it or give it to Jesus. We can cling to our anxiety and anxious thoughts, or we can cling to Jesus. We can worry ourselves to death, or we can TRUST in the Goodness and sovereignty of God and know that, no situation, no virus — nothing is outside of His control, Why? because we know a good gracious and faithful God who holds all of our tomorrows. Amen! God bless.💕 Please comment below!❤
Blessings and Love. . . 😊 🙏 ❤