The Birds

“So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life, whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes.  Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing?  Look at the birds.  They don't need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them.  And you are far more valuable to him than they are.”  Matthew 6:25-26

I love this time of year, springtime.  It reminds me of God’s faithfulness and His promises.  New life.  Renewed Hope.  The Power of the Resurrection.  Early morning devotions.  Daylight savings time.  The Lakers winning in the playoffs.  The opening day of the baseball season.  Spending time outdoors.  Throwing out a blanket at the park and spending quality time with a loved one.  Reading a good book outside on the swing with a nice breeze in the air.  Celebrating Spring Birthdays.  Planting a garden.  The start of the BBQ and grilling season.  The Birds.  Good times and great memories.  But the birds…yes, even the birds!!!

In Matthew 6, Jesus teaches us about the topic of worry in the Sermon on the Mount.  Jesus gives us a practical illustration why we shouldn’t worry.  And the example He chose to use was birds.  Jesus might have even gestured towards a few birds flying by while speaking outdoors near the Sea of Galilee.  It was a live visual picture for people to see.  "Look at the birds.  They don't need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them.  And you are far more valuable to him than they are.” (Matthew 6:26).

We know from God’s Word that birds are not created in His image.  Birds don't have the promises that we have as human beings.  Birds were not created by God to have relationships.  Birds are not promised eternal life.  Yet I’ve never seen a bird look worried.  Have you?  Each and every morning, like clockwork, they are up at the break of dawn, singing away.  Even recently I’ve noticed the same sparrow that is either chubby or pregnant singing to me as it sits on the rain gutter at church when I arrive each morning to serve the Lord at Sunrise.  At Sunrise, you get greeted everyday!!!  I believe Jesus was saying in this text, "You see, the birds are fine.  You will be fine.  If God takes care of birds, won't He take care of you?"

But this doesn't mean that the birds sit back and wait.  Birds stay active and alert; they take initiative.  Birds seek and get their food.  Birds find string and twigs to build nests.  Some birds eat plants and shrubs.  Some eat worms and lizards.  Others eat seeds.  Some eat fish.  But the smart ones, they hang out at “In-N-Out” and wait for you to drop your fries!!!  Then there are those annoying birds, the sea gulls, which hang out at the beach.  These bold birds wait for you to hit the water so they can swoop down and fly off with your lunch!!!  Birds don’t worry, but they make sure to take care of business.

Are you struggling with feeling worried, being anxious or concerned about everyday life?  How should we respond?  It is difficult.  I know this is a challenge for all of us, but I’ve read that the difference between worry and genuine concern is this, worry immobilizes you, but genuine concern will move you into action.

Take heart, if God takes care of the birds, will He not take care of you as well?  I encourage you to trust in God’s faithfulness and His promises.  Pray to Him and He will come through for you!!!

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