Thankful Thursday – A Comforting Thought

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31

I see it in a fallen feather. And in the hair turning inexplicably gray atop my mostly brown covered head. All around, there is evidence of age – the frailty of life becoming more real with the passing of hours.

But I am thankful today for a Heavenly Father who reveals His tender care in the pages of scripture.

And who writes words of love on the pages of my heart.

I know that the Creator of all – He who holds the world in His hands – is holding me.

And holding you.

And saying “Don’t be afraid.”

Father, thank you for speaking words of hope and comfort to us. And for reminding us that, since we are in your care, there is no need to fear.

Thankful for Trees

“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 NLT

Beneath the blistering August sun, people gain a new appreciation for trees.

No longer taken for granted, trees provide a welcome shelter for outdoor laborers. They share the shady canopy of green with feathered creatures who nestle into branch-built homes at days end, or whenever a respite from the heat is necessary.

I, too, find myself seeking out the comforting cover of the rare parking lot tree at my neighborhood market.

It might be farther away from the entrance but, it is worth the extra walking distance to make sure the car temperature doesn’t escalate to the point of causing me to spontaneously combust!

I am thankful for trees.

For the shade they provide and for the picture they give me of God’s sheltering love.

Beneath His canopy of grace, I find hope in the comfort of his protection and peace in the assurance of His provision.

And rest.

Rest that only comes when I am living in His shelter. Not taking the shade for granted – Ever thankful for the “shadow of the Almighty”.