Saturday, February 21, 2015

look at all the birds

Today, as a winter storm is passing by, we are stuck in the house for the sixth day.  I am enjoying the time off and time spent with my family. I needed this time.  I have been sick and would have had to take off work, but with so much ice and snow, school was closed. My son was looking out the window this morning and suddenly got very excited. He grabbed my phone to take pictures of a big group of birds sitting in our trees. He was so amazed. "Look at all the birds!"  

I was quickly reminded of how Jesus said we don't need to worry about our needs because he provides.  He used the example of how he even provides for the birds and we are more valuable than the birds. 
Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 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? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

How many times do we let the worry set in and get us off focus?  God is taking care of our needs. He provides in ways we cannot explain.  He provides for the tiny birds and the grass of the field. He will definitely take care of us.  We are of great value to Him.  I think we forget sometimes, that we are of great value to our Savior.  He paid a great price for us. He died for us.  He didn't die for the birds. He didn't die to abandon us in our time of need. He is a good Father and takes care of His children.  He doesn't forget about us or leave us. He is faithful and good. He is able to do all things and sees all things.  Too many times, we begin to wonder and worry, fret and cry, when all we really need to do is trust our Heavenly Father. 

I know many are frustrated by this snow and ice.  It is frustrating to be stuck at home, to see the accidents, and hear of buildings collapsing this morning under the weight of wet snow and ice. Yet, I know God is still in control. He is still in the business of caring for us, loving us and providing for us. He does not leave us in the middle of a storm or walk away even when things are good.  He doesn't take a break from watching over us.  There is even beauty in the storm.  There are things to appreciate and beauty to see all around. God provides that too.

Thank you, Lord, for taking such good care of us.  Thank you for even providing days off when we really need them.  Thank you for the beauty even in storms. Thank you for sending birds to remind us of Your loving care. Thank you for being God. 

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