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.