I love living in the Sunshine State. There’s nothing better than sitting in a warm sun and cool breeze outside enjoying the afternoon. And it’s now springtime, so my hibiscuses are starting to bloom and the birds have been coming to my bird feeder more often now.
Which reminds me of the verse in the book of Matthew that says:
“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?”(Matt.6:26)
Wow! How much time do I spend worrying about stuff? Yet, it’s very clear in this verse that God is quite capable of taking care of me, and WANTS to take care of me. I’m much more valuable than a bird in His eyes; I’m His child!
Now, God doesn’t put out a bird feeder for me to eat from or trees to live in for a place to rest — He does even better. He’s given me intelligence and a highly functional brain to be educated and creative. I have reasoning skills and the capability to acquire knowledge and wisdom, unlike my little feathered friends, so I have the ability to hold a job, make an income to pay my bills, and feed and clothe myself.
Though it’s not really myself that’s doing it. God enables me to live out my life through His blessings and favor. Situations are tough sometimes — financially, health related, or in relationships — but I know God has, and will always, get me through those seasons. How do I know this? Because I’m extremely valuable to Him, and He’s my Father; and this verse reminds me that He consistently takes care of His treasured possessions.
So I sit here watching these birds fluttering around, so full of life — so free. They don’t have a care in the world and nothing seems to bother them. I’ve thought at times, “If only I could be a bird and be that free.” But God has made me more important than those birds and just as free. He guards me, protects me, and watches over me. He’s saved me and chooses to have a relationship with me, His child. The Creator connects with His creation.
I love to be in His creation — the sunshine, flowers, and trees are beautiful. I stand in awe of it. But mostly I’m grateful to be one of God’s children. It’s better than being a bird. He loves me more.