There are many plants that no-one planted. Some of them we call wildflowers. Some we cultivate for our garden. But those that creep into our gardens unbidden are labelled as weeds. Weeds (from the Old English word weod, meaning “unwanted” or “small”) are also the hardy survivors, growing between paving bricks, along paths, and beside railway lines. Many have come from other countries, arriving in seed bags and grain sacks brought by the early colonists.
Jesus was a person who observed nature, demonstrated by His use of trees and plants in His story telling, to make a point or draw a lesson. His teaching grew out of His own experience. “Don’t worry,” said Jesus, and He used the analogy of the grass in the field, which is here today and on the bonfire tomorrow, to illustrate His point. He is talking about the Creator, who has filled the world with wonderful and mysterious things, full of beauty and energy and excitement, from Him.
Because we live in a world abundant with anxiety, it’s easy to let it rub off on us. Jesus wasn’t always looking ahead anxiously; He seemed to have had the skill of living totally in the present, giving attention completely to the present task, celebrating the goodness of God here and now. And that is His recipe for happiness