And Not Just for the Birds
“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” – Matthew 6:26 NKJV
Just watching the birds, black birds, through the window, I observed some things.
First, these birds left the comfort of their overnight nesting to forage for food, singing as they go. Their watchful eyes focused to the ground and their peripheral vision cast over the landscape, they look for food and just seem to enjoy the whole process.
Their rations are provided . . . but they have to find them. So, they fly and they walk on the ground looking for what the Almighty has laid in store for them. And they are assured that He has done it because day after day after day, they engage in this same routine and do it as if it was purposeful and fulfilling. All of them . . . not one is left behind.
Looking more intently, I noticed that they overturn the leaves as they search the yard. They move out of their way the obstacle or the covering that hides what the Lord has for them. They dig for it. Many times the movement of leaves and other debris doesn’t yield what they are looking for, but they keep moving and they keep searching. And, many times their efforts pay off so that they are fed and filled. And they do not contend with each other for food. Each one conducts their own search and is content with their findings. Greed doesn’t overtake them so that they eat enough and move on. And together, they all leave satisfied until the next time of foraging in search of God’s provisions.
Could we learn something here? What God has for me, it is for me. But we have to get up from the comfort of the night’s sleeping quarters and go in search for today’s provisions. And day after day, we must engage in the same routine with the same intensity, purpose, and fulfillment. It really is that simple. And one has to dig for it, turning over old leaves or new leaves under which may lay the best that God has for us. It was there all the time, but we had to dig and search in order to discover it and be sustained.
They show up together, they work together, they eat together whatever they find with no bickering about other bird’s finds, they co-exist together, and they leave together.
Some pretty good lessons from the birds!