The Birds of the Air

Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?

Matthew 6:26

I live in sunny southern California, where we have mountains, beaches and earthquakes.  I live in a principally dry and hot part of the state. One day, not long ago, in the midst of this summer heat.  (We are talking 100 plus degrees of dry heat)

I noticed some unexpected activity in our backyard.  We were in the middle of some gardening and dry grass and weeds were gathered in piles, ready for collection.

We’ve been at our home a little over 2 years and we are just now starting to work on landscaping.  Honestly, when I look at our backyard, I see dirt. I do not see growth; I don’t see a luscious green landscape or any beauty.  It is dry and dirty. 

On this sunny afternoon, my attention was drawn the backyard and a flock of about 20 birds that had gathered. 

What were they doing in our backyard? 

I had no idea what all of these birds would find interesting in our dirt filled yard.  As I looked on, with some amazement, I noticed that these birds were feasting on the piles of grass and weeds.

Where I saw a dry, brittle and insipid garden; the birds saw provisions, supply and abundance.

Could it be that even in our seasons of life where we see lack, where we feel inadequate, or where it seems like there are deficiencies in all areas – that there is life and abundance just underneath the surface? 

Be encouraged today my friend, no matter how dry things appear, God is at work in our lives.  We are of greater value than the birds of the air and as difficult as it is, we truly have nothing to worry about.

Can any of you add one moment to his life span by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Observe how the wildflowers of the field grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. 30 If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t he do much more for you—you of little faith? 31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:27-34

Many Blessings,

Misty

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