WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
“And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”
Matthew 6:28-30 ESV
CHASING PEACE: YOUR RESTING PLACE
According to author Raymond McHenry, if you’re walking in India along rural roads you’ll occasionally come across a post with a sturdy shelf about shoulder height. It’s called a “soma tonga,” which means “resting place.” When people are traveling with a heavy load, they place their heavy load on the shelf for relief. Once rested they continue their journey. And according to McHenry, Christians in India call Jesus their “soma tonga” or resting place. (Mchenry’s ” Stories for the Soul”)
In Matthew 6:28, Jesus reminded His listeners that because God takes care of lilies in the field and adorns them with beautiful flowers, He will take care of us. This is because He cares about us even more than He cares about grass in the fields. Therefore, we can rest in Him and not worry. We can give God our worries and trust Him to meet our needs at just the right time.
1 Peter 5:7 says, “casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” If you could picture a spiritual “soma tonga,” what heavy burdens would you place on it today? Jesus is that resting place. He wants you to give Him all your burdens and trust Him to care for you and handle those burdens.