Birds of the Air
We are all anxious, but it looks different in all of us. One mom may be anxious about discipline, another about the balance of work and home, another about the isolation of being a stay at home mom and another about baby number two on the way and what type of dynamic that will bring to the family.
When we focus on our anxious thoughts, that is when we get into trouble and start turning away from God. We can’t help having anxious thoughts at times, but what do we do about them? In Matthew 6:25-26, Jesus addresses this very issue. Jesus says, “ Therefore I tell you, do not worry (be anxious) about your life…Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
This concept is the inspiration behind the name of my ministry, Birds on a Wire. Birds trust; they have faith that the wire, suspended in air, will hold them, all of them. They have peace because of that trust.
Peace is the opposite of anxiousness. We all want peace, don’t we? But how do we get it? We have to trust God, and have faith that He loves our children more than we do. Trust in God that He will show us the next step, tell us how to discipline our children, show us what to make a priority in our lives and to let go of because it’s not important. Trust in God to teach us how to let go of our little birds so they can fly; so they will grow and be independent.
How do we trust?
John 10:3 - The watchman opens the gate for him and the sheep listen to His voice. John 10:14 - I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.
How do I listen?
Jeremiah 29:12 - Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord.
In order to hear God’s voice you have to seek Him, and then listen. You will learn His voice just like you have learned the voice of your child.
For example, if you are at a playground with a lot of children and you hear, “Mommy”, you know your child’s voice over all the other children’s voices. You have spent time with your child and you KNOW his/her voice.
Change your focus from the anxious thoughts to the action of learning to trust in God with your anxiousness. Trade your anxiousness in for peace. Tell God what you are anxious about with your children. Ask Him for His wisdom and guidance.
Bottom line: If you are seeking God, He will find you and He will show you how to parent your child the way he/she needs to be parented. God knows everything about your child; He is the creator of your child. He knows things even you don’t know about your child. Trust in Him. Be like the birds on a wire, suspended in air, trusting in our Heavenly Father because from that trust and faith comes peace.
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