And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. --Jesus of Nazareth
God has assured us that our every need will be supplied, food, raiment, and whatsoever we need. God never promised us that every desire would be satisfied. He said our need would be supplied.
This week I heard a televangelist say we are to tell God exactly what we want. When we receive it we have no doubt that it was a provision from God. This is the sort of testing which is both self-serving and God-limiting. He knows our every need. It is my belief that when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, he gave them a model of a sincere prayer which we should emulate.
"Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us . Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever."
Thus to approach God in prayer, we recognize and honor His place and His holiness. We plead for the coming of His kingdom; we submit our will to His will. We ask only for provision for the day. We ask for forgiveness of our sin against our fellow-man; and we commit to forgive those who have wronged us. We ask for shielding from temptation and deliverance from evil; then we reiterate our recognition of God for who He is, the Supreme Being, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, and worthy of all honor and glory.
I have lived in Indiana more than a half-century. I am not totally unobservant. Thus it is that I developed an algorithm for predicting the emergence of the "resurrection lilies," or "naked ladies." These plants, about which I have written earlier, sprout long, lush, green leaves in the spring. These leaves mature quickly and soon die down, leaving virtually no evidence of their existence. The bulb then lies dormant for many weeks until *ta da* overnight the naked flower stem erupts from the earth and in another day or so the bloom begins.
I predicted bloom by July 27 this year. I missed by three days. The picture was taken on the twenty-sixth. Do you suppose the excessive heat of this summer had anything to do with my "miss"?
The colors are quite faithful to the reality, but the picture itself has been digitally warped to make the border for this post. Unaltered pictures may be viewed by following the link above.