Today, as I sit in my office and reflect on the state of the world, I am reminded that God is with us at all times. The sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom, and the birds are singing. Speaking of birds, my husband and I have always had at least one or two bird feeders in our front yard for as long as I can remember.
At the beginning of Spring this year, when the days started warming up, our daughter (Melanie) and I would sit outside and watch the colorful birds land on the birdfeeder and eat. We would enjoy watching them scatter the bird seed everywhere and just laugh at their antics. Not to mention the occasional squirrel or rabbit that would come by to feast with the birds. This was our time together to just sit and enjoy God's creatures.
Well, a few weeks ago, we had a hard time finding bird seed. It's like all of a sudden everyone else has taken to feeding the birds. (It reminded me of the toilet paper shortage not too long ago). We could find a bag of bird seed here and there, but the price was outrageous. Needless to say, we didn't buy any bird seed for awhile. Last week we finally found some that was reasonably priced. We are able to watch the birds in our front yard again.
This reminds me of one of my favorite Bible passages, titled "Do Not Worry" which is found in Matthew 6:25-27, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 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? Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"
And then we read in verses 33-34, "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Each day we wake up and we hear of heartache, devastation, and trouble all throughout the world. It causes anxiety, fear, and worry. Instead of focusing on the news, let's take time to watch and/or listen to the birds. Remember Matthew 6:25-34 as you watch/listen to them. Just as God takes care of the birds, God is taking care of you. Sit back! Relax! Lift your cares and concerns to God. Give thanks for the blessings, both big and small, that God sends your way.
Before you know it, God will replace the fear, the anxiety, and the worry, with His unending peace. Invite God into your thoughts and into your heart today! To God be all glory, honor, and praise. May you have a blessed week!