No Worries, Just Birds: Part One

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 in Faith | 69 comments

It all started a couple weeks ago when I asked my 15-year-old son if he had a current favorite Bible verse.  “It’s not one verse,” he said.  “It’s that whole passage about not worrying and looking at the birds.  Seeking God’s kingdom first.”  I was pleasantly surprised, but after re-reading Matthew 6:25-34, I understood why Jesus’ words would take prime importance in my teenager’s life.  In a matter of days, their timeless wisdom has changed mine.

Lately it seems I have a lot to worry about… or, not to skirt the issue, that I spend a lot of time worrying.  I’m thankful the Bible tells me to “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).  I take advantage of that “command” frequently.  About a week ago, while listing all my worries to God, I was reminded of William’s favorite Scripture and opened my Bible to it again.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…. 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.  Are you not much more valuable than they?… But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself” (Matthew 6:25-34).  Sounds wonderful, but don’t worry about my life?!  Is that really possible?  At least Jesus gives us a plan of action, I thought.  In addition to seeking God above all else (which I already try to do), He wants us to look at birds.  “Okay, Jesus, I’ll try,” I said.  “You died for me… I owe You my life, my all, my obedience to Your Word.”  Frankly, I was excited about my new ornithology endeavor; I wanted to be rid of my worries.

I’m happy to report trying hasn’t been hard… at all.  Springtime temperatures have allowed our windows to be open through the night, so every morning before dawn the birds have called to me, beckoning me to listen.  Sounds so ethereal I’m compelled to give my full attention.  With little knowledge of musical notes or terms, I hear numerous voices and repeated patterns… the birds are singing songs!  And like the sight of beautiful flowers, their singing makes me happy!  I can’t help but thank God for creating “every winged bird according to its kind…” (Genesis 1:21).  And I can’t help but wonder if the kingdom of God is near….

After my family leaves for work or school, I sit in my backyard.  As much as I enjoy closing my eyes and listening to the birds, I remember Jesus asks me to LOOK at them.  So I open my eyes and lift my face heavenward.  I can’t see any birds in the forest of scrub oak, but my ears tell me they are near.  So I sit still and wait… excited to see whatever beauty God reveals.  I realize I feel JOY in the waiting.

My Creator has just “spoken” to me.

I recognize many of my anxieties stem from worrying in the waiting–completely different from living with a joyful, expectant heart, thankful for whatever God brings.  By waiting to see the birds, God has replaced my worries “about tomorrow” with a calm spirit and happy heart, grateful for whatever He reveals.  Seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness first, I can trust His sovereign plans for my life.  “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me…” (Psalm 138:8).

“Thank You, Jesus.”  As usual, obeying God’s Word has brought blessing.  I’ve just relearned a life-transforming lesson.  God doesn’t want us to worry; He wants us to enjoy seeking and finding Him… EVERY day!  When our daily endeavor is to be with Him, HE provides the joy.  He gives us “our daily bread” on which we were created to survive and feast (Matthew 6:11).

Through the birds, God has taught me many more lessons I’m excited to share!  Until then, I encourage you to cast your anxieties on the Lord, for He cares for you.  Just give ‘em all away.  Then go outside and look at the birds.  Be still and wait in joyful expectation.  God has beautiful blessings for you hidden in the trees!

To be continued….

2 Comments

  1. Laurie

    When I was walking this morning I was listening to two birds talking to each other (I was in the middle). Birds always put a smile on my face.

    I decided years ago that when I hear birds “chatting” it is my personal gift from God. The interpretation of their chatter is “Cindy – I love you” for which I respond – “God I love you”. Sometimes I just need to be stopped and given that reminder.

    I loved reading that someone else finds Glory in birds!

    Hugs
    Cindy

    • Sweet Cindy,

      I love your message… thank you for sharing with me! The birds are singing and “chatting” so much these days you must be feeling very loved by God:) I’m enjoying SO MUCH listening to them, looking at them, and learning from them… morning, noon and night. Indeed, the birds have become a treasure to me in God’s glory-filled chest:)

      Lots of love to you and Mark,
      Laurie

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