It is such a beautiful day, I just love the sunshine. I love everything about the summer because it makes everything, including myself feel more alive (if you live in Canada you may understand the meaning that lay beneath this statement). I have been lucky enough to spend the last few days on Deer Island, which is just off the main land of St. George, New Brunswick. It is about a 20 minute ferry ride. It is such a beautiful part of the Bay of Fundy. Quiet, lush and I have been able to spend a lot of time alone in thought. I used to really dislike being by myself but now, after years of travelling independently I have learned to truly value the significance of it. It actually keeps me sane. Anyway's, I have been here dog/house sitting for the past week. I must say I am a bit sad to be leaving... I love the simple life I have been able to live and enjoy the last few days. Oh, back to reality tomorrow... Do I have too? Yes, Nicole. 

This morning I went to the local church about a 2minute walk from the house. It was so small and cute. There were only about 20 people but, it was lovely. It felt real. My professors grandson who is five passed me a bible and I began to slowly flip through the pages... I knew what passages I was looking for. Yet, as I scanned through the passages I stumbled upon one that stuck with me. It reminded me of everything that I have been reading about in relation to what I am writing my thesis on, food security. Following this passage was the one I was searching for. They are as follows-

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Does this passage not reflect what we have experienced throughout history to present? I think so. We think big and act on our impulses never really considering the long-term affects. We don't think about sustainability and instead think about how we can become richer, faster... And most the time we do not care how we get there or who we hurt along the way. We live in a world where we store up on treasures for ourselves and we forget about the God who already gave us the greatest treasure. His Son He gave us life. What better gift is there?

The following passage is a passage that I should read daily. For those of you who know me, you may chuckle as you read the title: Do Not Worry. Yet, for me it makes me cry. If there is anything that I have learned about God it is that he always provides the basics. The things that I need in life in order to live. I am not talking about technology, money or clothes. I am talking about the people God has put into my life. The roof that was put over my head many times and the food that was put on the table in front of me. The families who showed me more love than I thought possible. God has given me so many wonderful opportunities to love, grow and challenge who I am and my relationship with Him. He has ALWAYS provided. He gives me the strength to run and the courage to try new things. I ask myself why do I worry? Has He not proven Himself enough to me?

Do Not Worry

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[b]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

Tonight, I will close my eyes and when I reopen them it will be a new day. I know that I will be faced with many worries but, I know and I must keep telling myself deep down that it will all be ok. That He will provide like He has always done. I am going to take a deep breath and try my hardest with all my faith not to worry. I've done it before and every time I circle back here I remember how hard it is for me personally. I want to give up  sometimes and call it quits but, I know that it is worth it. I put my faith in you Lord, take away my worries. 

All my love;
Nicole

 





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