The view from a treestand reveals many of life’s shades and colors … from the sky, to the trees, to the flowers, to the robins, rabbits, gobblers, chickadees and cornfields. The greys, the greens, the yellows, reds, bronzes, the blues and hues of the entire spectrum of color choices. I stand in awe … I chose none of them. They simply and powerfully reflect the design and creativity of the mind whose thoughts are way higher than mine.
Whenever Jesus asks one of His 135 recorded questions in the Bible I’ve been taught to hang on! Here comes some extraordinary teaching. Socrates is credited with answering questions with a question. The term for that is called “maieutics" and I don’t even know how to pronounce it. The famous columnist Ann Landers when once asked why Jews always answer a question with another question, her reply was “Why not?"
So, before Jesus was crucified and died, before God raised Him from the dead and before He ascended to the Father’s right hand … Jesus went about teaching folks like us from His examples, parables, metaphors and of course, His questions.
So here’s one He asked. “So, why do you worry about clothing?” Our answers obviously have to do with dress codes, mores, peer pressure, fads, fashion, ads and the simple lust to be viewed as something we wish we could be. Just ask my 5-year-old granddaughters. They have serious opinions on what they will be wearing to kindergarten today. Conversations typically include some form of “I do it myself!” Their folks are just glad they’re not in diapers any longer.
Shall we ask Jesus a question in response to His question? I liked my great-Uncle Fred’s response to tough “why” questions, “Just Be-kaze” (he was from the way-down-southeast hill country of Ohio) or Mom’s steady retort, “Because I said so.” So why do we worry about clothing, or anything else for that matter? What was Jesus really asking?
His teaching that followed His question went right to a directive for us to “consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin and yet I say to you that not even Solomon (now there was a man with some apparently way fine threads!) in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these (lilies)." "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble" (Matt 6:28-34). Some of the best sneezes I have ever heard were in response to those gorgeous white lilies with the yellow-tipped do-dads in the center of each fragrant blossom in the church worship centers on Easter morn. I have learned there are a bunch of different kinds of lilies, like Asiatic, trumpet, Oriental, American, martagon and numerous hybrids such as candidum, longiflorum and interdivisional. My favorite is the tiger lily. And catch this…the only wild lily is called the species “lily." Now we’re talkin’!
I like acrostics, so one year when I was engrossed in working at loving the Lord my God with all my heart, I landed on L.I.L.Y. (Lord I Love You). OK, Jesus…at Your directive we’re pausing and considering the L.I.L.Y. Hmmm … and all that time I spent worrying about which camo was best for my Treestand sojourns. Realtree, TrueTimber, Ghillie (rhymes with LILY), Mossy Oak — why worry about your camo Jesus asked? While observing many critters of the field, I concluded they were given some of God’s absolute best camo! Except the skunk, of course. He doesn’t really need camo it seems.
L.I.L.Y. Lord I love You … and the special folks living in western Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming. Jesus has gifted us with Easter for our eternal life, forgiveness of sins and victory over death. Thank you, Jesus. I’m really Easter-happy! Here’s hoping and praying you are, too.
Prayer nugget: Jesus prayed, “Father, not my will but thine be done.”