Stopping on the Hwy On-Ramp

As I pulled into the Pancake House parking lot, I thought to myself… “What are people going to think of me walking out to this lot near the on ramp of 520?” It must have been a fleeting thought because as soon as I grabbed my camera bag and tripod, locked the hatch of my car and slammed the door, I didn’t care what people might think.

I crossed the street at the crosswalk as busy commuters were traversing home after a long day at their keyboards. I jogged into the field near the on ramp and set my backpack in the grass, unzipped the camera portion and ripped the velcro from the tripod straps and went to work.

These are some of the prettiest batches of poppies I’ve seen in quite some time, and they are artistically smattered by the hand of our Creator God all over this field near the highway. I drive onto this on ramp a few times a week and pass this batch of flowers each time and wonder how God is so consistently gracious to each of us, and reminds us of his beauty with wildflowers once in a while.

Each time a car drove past this field, that day, I thought to myself behind the lens as I kneeled in the dirt, “Are they looking at the flowers, their cell phones, or maybe they’re looking at me taking pictures of God’s art.” What do you think of how people look at you? Did you know that you are more beautiful than the flowers in a field. God cares for you more than he cares for flowers. Not to say that God doesn’t care for his creation, for we know that he does, but God can have relationship with you as a person within which can dwell his Holy Spirit. A flower can’t experience the life changing powerful grace of the Holy Spirit.

As I continue to ponder “trust in God” by not worrying about the future, I am captured by Jesus’ words in Matthew 6 that we are not to worry. “vs.28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” God is really sovereign. He knows what He’s doing and remains in control.

How high or low is your “worry” meter measuring this week?

The sun had set, the lights on cars were beginning to glow and it was time for me to quite trapsing around the poppy flowers, pack up my tripod and re-zip my backpack and go.

I walked back to my car, I noticed that the red stop light, correlated to the red brake lights and the red poppies all over the field. I stopped for a moment on the Hwy on-ramp to take in a moment of God’s creation, in the middle of the bustle of life, managed to pause to hold my breath behind my camera lens and make some photos that remind me of God’s beauty in the makings of our life.

May you come to find that you don’t have to worry. Really, you don’t. Take time to look at your surroundings, even fields of flowers on the on-ramps of life. I’m still learning to trust God for his wonder in my life as I anticipate the next ministry on-ramp after a summer of wonder. Please join me as we pray for God’s call.

Published by Reid Olson

I was a pastor who still knows a personal connection with God and I like to share thoughts and insights to make God's Kingdom a little more tangibly, while sharing conversations on leadership insights. Now I'm a funeral director, still seeking to share about Jesus.

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