Look at the birds

20 Jun

26“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not worth much more than they? 27“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? Matthew 6:26-27 NASB

I realize we should be looking at a picture of a wild bird, but even the chickens in Ecuador pretty much fare for themselves, and this little blue chick was scrounging for crumbs in a restaurant where we stopped for lunch.

God fills our world with good examples to follow and among them are the “birds of the air.”  I love watching the swallows who swoop over the lawns at my school late in the afternoon as they dance their way through their meal of mosquitoes.  They are graceful and carefree.  I would love to live that way.  Graceful and carefree.

The word for worry in verse 27 is merimnao,  which means take thought,   to be anxious, to be troubled with cares,  to seek to promote one’s interests. Kind of the opposite of carefree, eh?  It just dawned on me that we can seek to promote our interests not only in our daily life, but as opposed to God’s interests.  I need to reflect upon that today.

Following the example of the birds means living in the present and receiving God’s provision for the moment.  Take a moment to watch a bird today…and learn.

Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.  Matthew 6:26 The Message

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