Consider the Cherry Blossoms

By Kate Moffatt



“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, 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.” — Luke 12: 25-27

Recently, I have been reminded of God’s magnificent creations as pops of pink bloom all around DC. The cherry blossom, the unofficial national flower of Japan, blooms at the end of winter to signify the beginning of spring. I have admired the resilience the blooming trees have shown with the changes in weather from sunny and 75 F to 20 F and hailing. Gazing upon these colorful trees, I am reminded of a deep sense of hope and renewal in the Lord.


Yet, as I begin to think about what the Lord has in store for my future, I fall victim to seeking to accomplish a list of “to-dos” that will “guarantee” I end up where the Lord wants me. I choose to worry, seek control and lose sight of where my hope lies. Luke continues his words of advice in Luke 12: 33-32:


Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.


One of the most obvious ways I have seen this display of God’s truth in my life is in the incredible friendships He has blessed me with from birth, high school, college, and now, in Fellow; friends who encourage me by pointing me back to God’s word and the truth about who He says I am, as a child of God. The Lord continually provides relationships in my life that allow me to see how He is tangibly adding to the things that enable me to seek His kingdom.


I am thankful to be loved by a Father who refuses to abandon me and will provide me with everything I need to honor Him. Considering the cherry blossoms, how they vibrantly bloom, God has used the beauty of his creation to remind me how He delights in caring for me. Rather than trying to micromanage all the moving variables in my life, the Lord desires me to first seek his kingdom and trust that he provides all that I need (Matthew 6:33).






 

Recent Capital Fellows Pictures






Beautiful cherry blossoms in the sunrise glow.




A peer group that eats ice cream together, stays together!




Brooke and I woke up at sunrise to go see the Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin




 

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