By: Alicia Rowe
Matthew 6:19-36 is the passage in which Jesus tells us not to worry about material things (what we will eat or drink or wear). He says that non-Christians eagerly seek these things but we are to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to us” (vs. 33). We are watching this play out right now as we serve as a Safe Family. In seeking His will and responding to some directives in Scripture, not only are our needs being met, but we are also being blessed:
James 1:27 “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this; to visit orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
Luke 9:48 “Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.”
Matthew 10:42 “And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”
We responded to these verses by becoming part of the Safe Families program, all the while knowing we had two choices when serving in this way. With eight children of our own, we could either worry about how we would feed and clothe even more, or we could take Christ at His word and not worry about what we would eat, drink or wear. It’s a choice we knew we would have to make daily, the choice to obey His call to temporarily care for more children while trusting He would provide everything we needed to do it. In choosing the latter, He has provided for us and blessed us beyond what we ever could have imagined. It has been such an encouragement to watch as He has used the church to come alongside us and provide things like diapers, wipes, clothes, food, respite, and other types of support as we have stepped out in faith to care for two babies. Rather than feeling strained or burdened, God has provided for and blessed our home with joy and peace as we have welcomed in these sweet babies.
I wouldn’t be completely honest, however, if I told you that in the midst of dirty diapers, baby gates, and middle of the night feedings we haven’t occasionally slipped into focusing on the dark and scary “what if…”s. God, in His faithfulness, though, has used Matthew 6 (that same passage about not worrying) to show us that it is our perspective which determines whether we are in the light or in darkness. “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.” (vs 22). Luke 11:36 similarly states, “If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it will be wholly illuminated, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays.”When we focus on anyone or anything other than God’s power and provision, we slip into the darkness and out of the light of His glory. On the contrary, when we are trusting God to provide all of our needs and we are seeking His kingdom and His righteouseness, we will be “wholly illuminated”. Lord, help us to focus on Your peace and provision while basking in the warmth of Your light.