This morning, as I sit on my porch with my coffee, I am drawn to the bird house under the eves of our shed.
I watch two birds going in and out of it, feeding their babies I suppose. One would fly off, come back with a worm, then the other one would go out. Next my eye caught the sight of a bunny and I watch as a long stem of grass disappears, bit by bit, as he eats it. After he hopped off, a squirrel stops by. I watch as he eats his breakfast of a maple seed and has a drink in the bird bath. As I sit enjoying all these goings on, I hear the Lord say, "Look at the birds, aren't you far more valuable to him than they are?"
From where I'm sitting, I see a clematis vine filled with purple,
the deep reds of the peony's against the greens of the hosta
and I realize that Matthew 6 is being delightfully demonstrated right before my eyes! The Message bible says it like this:
Matthew 6:26-34The Message (MSG)
25-26 “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. 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.
27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes
Next, heard Him say "Look at the truck." I noticed a branch had come down and was lying next to the truck. I had seen it but had not really looked at it. It should have landed on the truck, but instead, was next to it, with only a tip of the branch touching the door. That branch seemed as if it were carefully placed there, and I heard, "see I'm taking care of you in ways you are not seeing yet."
Sometimes we get so caught up in what we need that we don't have, that we forget He is taking care of us. I'm learning that God is patient, He is waiting for us to stop worrying and relax, like I did this morning. Then we will notice the birds and hear Him say "You are more valuable to Me than they are!" We see His grace guiding the tree branch to miss the truck. We will see Him demonstrating His word so sweetly to us, as He did for me. He wants us to give our entire attention to what He is doing right now and trust Him with all our tomorrows. Learning to live careless in the care of God will take practice. Our human nature wants to have control, know all the answers. But the life we can live being careless in the care of God will be more than we would ever think or hope for on our own. It is a life written by the one who knows and loves us best. This is a delightful life filled with adventure and dreams coming true. It is the only kind of living that will truly satisfy.
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Delightfully careless in the care of God,