We have a bird feeder in front of our dining room window. It’s amazing to stop and watch these creatures as they sit perched up high, eating to their heart’s desire. Once one bird discovers the feeder, it’s not too much longer before a whole crew shows up for the dinner party. Just when I fill up the feeder, it seems I’m filling it up again and again.
One day my daughter asked me, “Mom, what would the birds eat if we didn’t feed them?”
I assured her the birds would eat food in the wild without our help. God even tells us this in His word!
Matthew 6:26, “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?”
God most certainly created birds to display His awesome power and for our enjoyment. But I think He also created them to remind us of how much He will take care of us.
If birds could speak our human language, I wonder if we’d hear them say things like this:
“I wish I had a different flavor worm today!”
“Why does that blue jay have more than I do?”
“Hey everybody, let’s build a Sams Club to store up food for a whole year!”
“I’m so worried there won’t be any worms tomorrow, I might as well head back to my nest and just die.”
I don’t think we’d hear the birds utter anything like this at all. Their behavior seems to indicate the opposite.
Just listen to them chirp.
Listen to them sing.
Watch them bounce happily across the lawn.
They appear to be very content.
Why can’t I be more like these birds? Sometimes I make my life so complicated. Sometimes I bring undue stress on myself. Sometimes I worry about something tomorrow, zapping my joy for today.
What qualities do these birds possess that I want? Contentment… with life as it is. Trust… that their needs are always met.
God promises to take care of their needs. Their God-given menu consists of worms, insects, plants, berries and even weed seeds! But the fancy bird feeders are extra to them. The fancy bird feeders are like icing on the cake. The fancy bird feeders are equivalent to our wants…beyond our basic needs.
Oh how the truth of this convicts my heart. Why do I ever doubt God’s provision? Why do I worry about something that is not in my control? If God promises to take care of these simple birds, then how much more will He take care of me? We are eternal souls who get to live in the lavish love of our Heavenly Father! Of course He will take care of us. And He goes way beyond just meeting our basic needs. He often gives us an overflow so full we can hardly fathom it. He lets us perch on the never-ending flow of the fancy bird feeder. He gives us more than a basic “worm and insect” diet.
So where are you dear friend? Are you perched happily on the edge of your bird feeder? Or are you scrambling around on the ground worried about getting worms?
From here on out, anytime you see a bird, let it be a reminder to you that God will take care of your needs. And He will go way beyond that!
Matthew 6:26 ” “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?”