Trying to get my mind around our theme for the month, “God, our first priority,” I looked up priority and Matthew 6:33 came up. “But first seek his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” We know this verse. We’ve made this verse into a song. When putting the verse in context, the verse right before explains that pagans run after all sorts of earthly things but our “heavenly Father knows that you need them.” The verse after admonishes us against worry.
Of course, we would never call someone a “pagan” in today’s culture. The Message, a more modern day interpretation, talks about people who do not know God who fuss and worry over things. “What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving.” “Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out.” We are advised to look to the beauty of wild flowers that are so beautiful and often are unseen in their short life span. I am also struck by the use of the word “Father” as in the Lord’s Prayer. When I put seeking in the context of family, the advice softens.
So I ponder if I am seeking to get or seeking to see my “Father’s” gifts to me today. The frustrations and challenges of today perhaps are calls to focus on God and not on my unmet wants. The image of all of us like little flowers blooming on a hillside is fun. Our first priority is to check our focus and make sure we are tuned in to God’s presence in our life today. Your blooming blesses my life. Thanks.