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Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Birds

Spring is here.  The sun shines, the bees buzz, the trees and flowers bloom and accessorize the neighborhoods and streets all around this place.

The birds chirp and flit around, busy as can be doing whatever it is birds do.

They have not a care.  They worry about nothing.  They swoop and zoom over our heads, twigs and pieces of dried grass and string in their beaks as they search out the perfect place to build a home for the season.

They do only what is necessary for their own survival and act only according to their own instincts.  They don’t have the capacity, at least we don’t know of any, to worry about where their next meal will come from, if their nest will stand the thunderstorm that will shake the tree behind our house.

When the tree is cut down, they will pick up and build another nest in another tree.  They won’t worry about where they will find the resources they need to build it, just as they didn’t worry about how they would create the one they had just lost.  There will be no remorse for the devastation they experience.  There will be no sadness, no tears.  Only forwardness, the future.

I am happy I’m not a bird.  I like having choices about how to live, to help others, to do better, to learn and to be a child of God, even when life feels burdensome sometimes.

But still.  To not know another way to be.  To know no evil or confusion; only what I am meant to do.  This is appealing.  And to fly.

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“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear.  Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  Look at the birds.  They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them.  And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

“And why worry about your clothing?  Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow.  They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.  Why do you have so little faith?

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat?  What will we drink?  What will we wear?’  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.  Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:25-34 (NLT)

2 comments:

  1. Thanks, Andrea! It's good to have choices and to have emotions. It's what makes life interesting. I just wish, however, that I could be a little more bird-like and trust that whatever the circumstance I'm where God wants me to be.

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    1. Yes - I agree wholeheartedly. And to fly, too, right?

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