I'm talking nature here, not those obnoxious smelly birds that you have to walk past in PetSmart just to get to the cat food (my apologies if there are any bird-lovers reading this, but I am not a fan of birds as pets!). It's been a fairly gorgeous week where I live. We've had warm, summery days and perfect evenings. (Well, this is what I'm told anyway. I've been locked in my cubicle during the day and trapped in front of schoolbooks each evening!) But one of my most favorite times of the day is the early morning. God was faithful to wake me early this week so I would have plenty of time to spend with Him before heading to work each day. The other morning, it was so beautiful already at 5:30 that I opened the patio doors to get some fresh air for the cats and for me. As I was studying God's Word, I heard one of my favorite sounds: birds chirping in the crisp morning air. As I faced a busy day, I had to thank God for this reminder that He is Lord and is in control.
This morning He greeted me again. As I was preparing breakfast I heard a familiar sound: that of a mourning dove. Yes, the most plain, ordinary, annoying bird flying in the skies brought me a smile today because I have always loved the pigeon's call. It takes me back to my childhood and the summers I used to spend visiting my grandparents in Wisconsin. I smiled. I thanked God. The dove kept calling and, looking, I saw that it was perched on the roof just outside my balcony. This roof doesn't allow for the most beautiful view, but it does allow my kitties to enjoy "chasing" the birds that occasionally perch there. This dove was no exception--my cats were mesmerized as he continued to sit and to sound his call.
Though I've failed to remember at all times this week, these episodes have reminded me of God's provision. They took me back to my favorite passage (one that I do not heed nearly enough!), Matthew 6:25-43, a passage that, "coincidentally" my school studies have taken me to several times this week also. I am so thankful for the reminder that God provides all things and that I need not be anxious for anything; not food, not clothing, not even time. With that, I pray you too would be reminded of His provision and His loving care for His children and seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. God is so good.
(Click here to hear the sound that made me smile this morning!)
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:25-34 (emphasis mine)