City Slicker Vs. Country Girl

I’m a city Kitty, so not having the luxury of growing up in the country where running through fields and playing in creek beds is the norm for a child, I’m skittish when I go out into nature. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the outdoors immensely but I’m not accustom to all things crawly. When walking, I typically walk with my head down looking for venomous things like snakes, and spiders, and bees. At any moment I just know I’m going to be under siege. So I am on guard and ready to take off running while doing some kind of crazy wild dance to try to escape my attacker.
Today’s walk was no different than any other walk. Off I went across a field, head down, anxiously scanning the terrain for anything that may want to bite or sting me. I stopped along our Creek bed to take in the sound of the rushing creek. Once I gave the ground another quick scan, I looked up. Right above my head was a tree I had never noticed before. It had clusters of 3 beautiful burgundy flowers that hung from the branches all the way to the top of the tree.
 
In that moment, God revealed something. When I am hyperfocused on my problems, I don’t see Him. Being anxious and fearful over what might strike me, I’ve missed the enjoyment of admiring God’s creation.
 
Psalms 121:1-3 says, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker ofheaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber.”
 
All too often, I try to “fix” my own problem or take care of myself, not remembering I have a God who promises to take care of me, if I would  only let Him. Realizing this in that moment, I was able to walk out of that field with my head up, taking in all the beauty around me. Oh sure,  the threat of poisonous things were still there, but my anxiety was gone because my Creator was taking care of me!