Monday May 17, 2021

Today’s Scripture: Matthew 6:25-27

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?


Today’s Devotional

Lessons From The Pond

As you know, Westwood has a courtyard with a pond in it. I will admit to you that this pond has been life-giving to me during these months of the pandemic – especially last Spring.  So I thought this week in our devotionals I would give you some lessons from the pond that I have learned over these months.

Today’s lesson: no matter how crazy life is – it’s calm in the pond

You may remember before we went into lockdown that we had some really large goldfish in the pond. These guys were always slow movers and would actually lower your blood pressure if you stared at them long enough. I hate to share bad news – but none of these guys are still with us.

We really don’t know how old they were. Ginger Beecher, the keeper of the pond, says they were donated to us. I am sure they lived a long and full live. And of course, they spent their last years in one amazing pond!

I have to admit that I was sad to see them die. They were comforting to watch, and I miss them. They really did help calm me down. But there are still other fish in the pond. And these guys – while not as big and not as graceful – still provide that calming effect. It seems that no matter how crazy life can get above the pond, below the surface life just keeps moving along at a steady, calm pace. Sometimes things can disrupt the calm of the pond (like a branch falling in). But pretty quickly the pond adapts and goes back to normal.

Maybe God is using the pond to remind us to just keep swimming and leave anxiety and worry above the surface.


Today’s Prayer

Thank you God for using nature to remind us of truths about you and about life. Help us today to remain in the calm cool waters of peace – no matter what might be happening above the surface.


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