Monday, August 10, 2015

Learning from Frogs

Just after dawn a few mornings ago, I stepped outside with Dakota and something caught my eye. Somethings, actually. They were so small I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I tiptoed forward to examine the painted deck boards and discovered five teeny tiny frogs.

I wasn’t completely surprised to see them. Every night from spring through late October, the frogs in the retaining pond nearby serenade us. Still, in our nine years here, none had formed a band and taken their music on the road.

What amazed me as I observed these creatures was how completely unfazed they were by our presence. As Dakota strolled past, unaware that she held the power of life and death in her paws, not one moved.

After Dakota and I toured the backyard, I watched for the frogs. As we approached the deck, I glanced at the picket fence that surrounds it and was surprised to see that one had perched itself there and seemed to be enjoying the view!

Did this little guy have any idea how dangerous his chosen vista was? Wasn’t he worried about surviving the day?

Then I realized that these teeny tiny frogs were examples of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6. Jesus was teaching people who lived hand-to-mouth under an oppressive regime how not to worry. He told them to watch how the birds of the air live. With no way to provide for their own needs, they flit about without a care in the world.

How can they do that?

I wondered the same thing as I observed those little frogs. It had been beastly hot. I worried about how they would find shelter cool enough to survive the blistering heat of the day. Jesus reminded me in that moment, I take care of them, just like I take care of you. In fact, you are much more valuable to Me.

There have been many days in the past month when, before I’m really fully awake, my first conscious thought has been full of fretting about this new venture. It’s not a pleasant way to start the day. I’ve realized how much false security my part-time job provided and I've had to fight the temptation to try to make something happen that would provide for our needs. 

That's not how Jesus wants me to live. 

Each day He offers me this advice: “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (Matt. 6:34)

How can I do that?

Perhaps I should take a lesson from the frogs.

What causes you to worry? How might your life be different if you chose to give your full attention to God’s activity instead of to worry? Let’s talk about it.

5 comments:

  1. I have wanted to leave a comment for awhile now, but my fingers don't work so well on my phone anymore. So great to hear your writing voice! I love how you weave bible verses into the fabric of your work. We talk about the role "fear" plays in having cancer while in our group sessions. Staying in today, and learning to feel, but release, is so key to that. Now I have verses to go along with it too! Thank you friend- much love to you!

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    1. my fingers are challenged too, Vicky! thanks for making the effort to get to a keyboard so you could share from your experience here. i have learned much from watching you walk it out, but i still have to actively adopt the mindset to see today as a gift. blessed to walk this road with you, friend.

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  2. I spend way too many days worrying about what might happen if I don't intervene. I move throughout the day wondering when the "other shoe will drop" and that I might get crushed like a little frog. Thanks for sharing that we can live our lives to the full just like these frogs. Can you imagine what that view of the back yard looked like to the frog on the picket? If frogs can be awe inspired I bet that one was! #livelikeafrog

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  3. I spend way too many days worrying about what might happen if I don't intervene. I move throughout the day wondering when the "other shoe will drop" and that I might get crushed like a little frog. Thanks for sharing that we can live our lives to the full just like these frogs. Can you imagine what that view of the back yard looked like to the frog on the picket? If frogs can be awe inspired I bet that one was! #livelikeafrog

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  4. I tried hard to think about what "worries me" and it was an interesting exercise. I realize that I have worried so much in the past that I had to just turn it off. ZERO worry. As a result, I worry less, but I don't feel less stressed out. Life is very busy these days. I'm working on seeking peace and happiness. Perhaps I should consider a pet frog.

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