Along The Way

 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” Matt 6:28-29

Scottish explorer Mungo Park made quite a name for himself, though he lived only 35 years in the late 17900’s. During his short stay on earth, he managed to have the kind of adventure from which legends are made. His studies of plant and animal life in Sumatra brought him to the attention of the African Association. Consequently, they funded his expedition to explore the true course of the Niger River. 

Hampered by perilous fevers, lack of supplies, and even imprisonment, Park completed only part of his journey before he was forced to quit. He returned to Britain and wrote a book about his adventures.  Ernest Hemingway also eventually retold on of Park’s stories. Park was lost and alone in the African desert and had resigned himself to die. Then he saw it: a beautiful moss-flower. The plant was only as big as one of his fingers, but he was overcome with admiration for its symmetry. 

lilies of the fieldEncountering this wonder in the middle of his crisis, he reflected, “Can the Being who planted, watered, and brought to perfection, in this obscure part of the world, a thing which appears of so small importance, look with unconcern upon the situation and suffering of creatures formed after his own image?” he asked. “Surely not.” Thus encouraged, and putting aside his hunger and fatigue, Park rose and made his way to relief. 

We can draw inspiration from his example. He was a man who knew how to appreciate the simple things in life – and their Creator. In your most trying moments today, look for a moss-flower! Remember how much more your Heavenly Father cares for you, and how He loves to provide your every need. 


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