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26: consider the lilies of the field

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26: consider the lilies of the field - the auroran sunset

Here at abelard.org, we take a lot of photographs. Many of them are pretty or interesting. This is the twenty-sixth in a regular “photograph with little or no explanation or comment” feature.

There is much to be learnt from watching nature. Here is the Bible (Matthew 6:25-34, from “The Sermon On The Mount”) on a similar topic:

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Biggles had something similar to say:

When you are flying, everything is all right or it is not all right.
If it is all right there is no need to worry.

If it is not all right one of two things will happen.
Either you will crash or you will not crash.
If you do not crash there is no need to worry.

If you do crash one of two things is certain.
Either you will be injured or you will not be injured.
If you are not injured there is no need to worry.

If you are injured one of two things is certain.
Either you will recover or you will not recover.
If you recover there is no need to worry.

If you don't recover you can't worry.

To aid in your enlightenment, here are some pictures of fields and lilies for you to contemplate:

Water lilies in a river in lush French fields. Image credit: the auroran sunset

 

A small French river in summer. Image credit: the auroran sunset

 

Some water lily flowers on a French river. Image credit: the auroran sunset

 

A summer meadow with gorgeous blue sky, France. Image credit: the auroran sunset

 

Looking across the banks of a river in France. Image credit: the auroran sunset

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