Keep Your Eye on the Birdie
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:25-26 ESV)
The other day as we were driving towards our small home church in the country, we could see a flock of birds swarming around in the sky; hundreds if not thousands of them. Some had made their way and were resting in the empty, plowed field, but most were still darting and diving in the sky.
We rolled the window down and could really see and hear them now . . . Canadian geese! What a site! These were not little birds and it was amazing to watch. How they didn’t collide was a mystery. From far away they were still coming. Groups in formation were en route to join the party.
I’m not a farmer and I have no idea what kind of food they were finding in the field that day, but we figured it must have been good as the news was traveling! They sounded like a large, feathered army, with a constant drone of, honk-a-lonk . . . honk-a-lonk.
We pulled away as our service was about to begin, but both my hubby and I pondered what we had seen. Look at the birds of the air . . . are you not of more value than they? We had witnessed that verse come to life! We could see God’s provision for these majestic huge birds for rest and for nourishment. And these creatures gave testimony . . . loud testimony . . . of His goodness! I could almost imagine that their geese calls were actually saying, ‘Come taste and see that the Lord, He is good!’
Lesson learned . . . and before we even reached the church driveway!
Father, oh how You have filled Your Word with word pictures for us. Thank You for practical applications and stories to help us grasp Your love for us. Forgive us for fussing and squawking with worry when You have shown us that we can trust in You for our needs. Fill us with Your peaceful presence, In Jesus’ name, Amen!
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