For the Birds
Do you ever realize you’re in a funk but can’t quite put your finger on the reason? That’s been me this week. The past few days I’ve been asking the Holy Spirit to bring to the surface the root of what has been weighing on my mind. As I’ve been sorting out my thoughts, I’ve been paying close attention to listening for God’s voice to speak to my heart.
Yesterday, a memory of a special moment I shared with the Lord at the beach a month ago came to mind. It was as if God was reminding me that what He revealed to me a month ago still remains real today. I smiled as the memory took me back…
The sun was beginning to hang low in the sky, a sign that sunset was approaching. I decided to take a walk on the beach, soak in the beautiful scenery, and clear my mind. Though I was thrilled to be on vacation and out of my normal routine, my heart was still fighting some discouragement. I knew from experience the best medicine for my troubled heart was some quiet moments with God beside the ocean.
As I walked along the beach, the water lapped at my feet and the shells collided against each other as they landed on the shore. I poured out my heart to God about my hopes, dreams, and fears about our future, namely my desire to have a baby. I breathed in the salty air and exhaled some of my worries; the beach has a way of accomplishing that for me.
I turned around to look back at the sun and noticed it was about to hide below the water’s edge. Not wanting to miss the majesty of the moment, I plopped down on the sand. The orange and pink glow of the sun reflected on the water and I soaked in the stillness around me. Just then I noticed at least twenty tiny seagulls playing in the water five yards from where I sat. They flitted in and out of the water, pecking at each other and making soft chirping noises. I stared at the birds that appeared to be having the time of their lives without a care in the world. It seemed like such a stark contrast to how I had felt minutes ago with the weight of my concerns heavy on my shoulders.
I breathed in deeply and asked God to speak to my heart. Hardly a moment passed before the Lord brought one of my favorite verses to mind:
“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?” (Matthew 6:26)
Tears formed in my eyes as I realized God had just spoken directly to my heart. Then I felt Him say to me, “I am in the details.” I nodded my head as if to say, “I hear you, Lord.” I needed that reassurance that He heard me too and that He was fully involved in my life.
I sat in the sand as I watched the golden sun descend into the water leaving a beautiful reflection on the sea. The birds still fluttered about, leaving me a tangible reminder of how personally God cares for me. Every single detail.
This week I found myself fighting some anxiety about our future as well and decided to look up the verse again. I soaked in the words of the passage as if it was the first time I had heard them. After processing some fears and worries, this is the kind of truth I need to read:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 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. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:25-34).
So if you are fighting off a funk right now, feeling the weight of the world burdening your shoulders, or just needing to hear some solid truth from Scripture, be encouraged that God is in the details of your situation. And if He takes care of the birds of the air, He most certainly will take care of you. And me.
“Cast ALL your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7