It was a warm March morning when he appeared outside my office window.
A soft chirp caught my attention as I was trying to write and worry simultaneously. I peered out the window and noticed a male black capped chickadee. My wife had stuffed a maple syrup can with cotton and placed it on a patio table for decoration. I watched as the small bird hopped from one boll to another, stuffing cotton in his beak between chirps. Occasionally he would pause and glance my way as if to say; Take note, God provides for the nest I’m building.
Answering Job’s despair, God reminds him; Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food? (Job 38:41) Jesus said something similar; Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. (Matthew 6:26)
We placed the cotton on our porch never imagining God would use it to care for a bird. God nurtures his creation but often uses us as cogs in the wheel. Nests require trees. God grows them. Animals need food. God prompts me to buy feeders. Water is necessary. God stimulates me to buy a bird bath.
But knowing God cares for animals doesn’t necessarily comfort me. I need to know he’ll do the same for me. And he will. That was God’s point to Job: Quit worrying. I’ve got things under control. Jesus finished the above verse with, Are you not much more valuable than they? When overcome with worry and anxiety, take time to listen to a bird.
Prayer: Merciful God, when the cares of this life overcome us, let Your provision and comfort overcome them.
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