February 14, 2013: The Second Day of Lent
February 14, 2013 § 1 Comment
“Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?” ~Matthew 6.26~
Christ begins to expand his teaching on releasing worry by referring to examples from nature. Do birds worry about the basics of life? Do they fret over where there next bite will come from or over where they will build their nests? Of course not.
Our natural response may well be, “Well, of course not! They’re birds!” Yet, the truth lies in that simple observation. A bird does not worry about finding food, though she may spend a great deal of time looking for it; she knows that it is available, and that she just has to find it. For the bird, it is a matter of fact and not of worry. God has provided the food, and all the bird has to do is go get it.
Obviously, as humans, we live more complex lives than birds. However, birds exemplify the kind of worry-free life that Christ desires us to have. Christ does not promise an easy life; however, he does promise that God will take care of his people. If the creator of the universe takes care of the simple creatures, surely he will provide for the people that he loves so very much.
We’ll read more on this theme in the coming days, but for now, we would do well to consider Christ’s example of the bird. How does it instruct us regarding the worry-free life, and how can the bird’s perspective give us a model of trust and action to follow?
Lord, I confess that I worry because I struggle to trust. Help me to learn from your creation and put my faith and trust in your provision, regardless of difficult times that will come. Amen.