Two Birds of a Different Feather

Fallen-sparrowA few years back I recall sitting motionless in a chair on the screened in porch of our cabin on Tussey Mountain, a hen turkey pecked her way closer and closer. She would scratch in the leaves and then peck for the insects and vegetation under them. Not too long before this I had watched a robin land in the yard. It hopped around a little and quickly grabbed a worm. Both of these birds were feasting on the ‘nuggets’ in the yard.

These two little episodes reminded me of the words of our Lord. “ Do not worry about your life…what you will eat…what you will put on. Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” (Matt 6:25,26) That scenario was being played out right in front of me.

Yet we often do worry about these things. Some right now are worrying about their financial situations. Losing a job or a dwindling retirement savings can be a significant concern. And those worries just compound one’s thoughts into a variety of other anxieties.

At times of stress we are so apt to take matters into our own hands. We forget or choose not to consult God. Often we search for answers among the wisdom of this world. But the Psalmist instructs, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” (Psalms 118:8)

What are you worrying about today? If God provided insects for the turkey and a worm for the robin, will He not take care of you? “Are you not of more value than they?” (Matt 6:26)

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