“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT).

Life can be difficult at times.  There are some seasons in our lives when it feels as though we are living under a cloud of darkness and sorrow.  If it’s not one thing, it’s another.  Some days it takes all of our energy to just put one foot in front of the other.  We watch as the clock ticks, unsure whether we have the wherewithal to make it through the day—the hour—the minute.  In those moments, it’s easy to feel as though all hope is gone and that, somehow, God has made us the subject of His ire.  We feel overlooked—forgotten about.   It’s hard to take James, the brother of Jesus, serious when he instructs us to consider our trials and tribulations joy.  Where is the joy in death or loss?  How do we celebrate compounded failure or rejection?   All of these things suggest a world that is out of control—out of God’s control.  Yet, when we view the picture above, we capture a glimpse of a world that is structured and organized.  Not one cloud has fallen from the sky.  The lake has abided by its boundaries.  The birds are untroubled by the day’s woes.  There is a peace represented by the order.

On days where it feels as though life is falling apart, I challenge you to take a walk.  Go to the beach or the park.  Smell the roses.  Observe all the things that are still subject to the control of God and extrapolate those finding to your life.  If God will take care of the birds, he will take care of you (Matthew 6:25-34).