Sometime last year I started a new morning habit. Around 7:15 every day, I cut up pieces of bread and scatter them on the sidewalk for the birds. Because of my consistency, a group of “feathered friends” await me…poised and ready to swoop down on their daily breakfast. Now, even though I like to help birds in this way, I am under no illusion that they could not survive without me. While reading Luke this week, I was reminded of Jesus’ teaching concerning the ravens. He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” (Luke 12:22-26). Birds teach us about God! If we could get inside a bird’s brain, we would discover a few things. First, they don’t awake in the morning plagued with anxiety. They are not thinking, What if God does not provide today and I starve? In fact, most mornings I hear the birds singing! It’s as if they are simply praising God for giving them another day…knowing that all they need will be provided. Birds also teach us the uselessness of worry. Instead of worrying, birds instinctively trust God and put action to their desires. They believe their food will be provided, and they go after it! God is faithful. He takes care of them. Jesus challenges all of us to learn from the birds. We don’t have to lose our peace and use up our limited energy imagining all the “worst case scenarios.” We can exercise faith, believing that God values us more than the birds! Life’s challenges present us with much that is beyond our control. Let’s push back against worry and praise the Lord for His faithful, daily provision. God will take care of you!
Pastor Mark Boucher