Faith is For The Birds

Faith is for The Birds (1 of 1)

Faith is for the birds….Yes I just said that! Now before you write me off – this is not a flippant remark and an attempt to discredit God. It is simply an observation.

Jesus said,

“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?” – Matthew 6:26

For the past few years, I have watched birds enjoy our backyard.

Kim Speaks Up...Bird in My Backyard (1 of 1) Daily, they fly over my head seeking food, water, shelter, and companionship. Wesley and I would pry out the window to observe these little but resilient creatures. So many breeds–so many colors but all so focused on letting their voices be heard. They echo loud melodious tunes that could be heard throughout the neighborhood.

Could it be a song of praise to a God who they know has and will provide for them?

 So this past winter, Wesley  built bird houses to hang on the trees. Our hope was that few of the birds would choose to make these houses their homes for the spring and summer.

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We hung bird feeders and filled it with food to ensure that they would not go hungry when they arrived.

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There was great anticipation yet for weeks there was little to no activity.

Where were the birds?

We know that a home and food were important to them so where were they?

The squirrels would seek every opportunity to steal and hide the bird food.

I found myself getting anxious that the squirrels kept taking advantage of the situation and eating what was not theirs to have. It was in these moments, I could hear the Lord whisper,

“Calm down!
The birds know that a place has been prepared for them and that food is waiting there. I am the One who takes care of them. They may not see it now because they do not need it now but when they do, they would find it. Kim, Trust ME!” 

Within a few days, the birds arrived and immediately went in search of twigs for their home and ate to the heart’s content.

I marveled at it all!

Kim Speaks Up...Bird with Twigs (1 of 1)What type of faith is this?

  • What time of faith moves you to praise and worship when it seems like nothing is happening?
  • What type of faith prompts you to go seek a place and space already set aside for you when you do not even know where exactly you’re going?
  • What type of faith dismisses worry in the midst of threat?
  • What type of faith compels you to believe in an invisible God for tangible resources?

IT MUST BE THE FAITH OF THE BIRDS!

These little creatures do not plant nor reap yet God provides food. They do not build permanent establishments yet the Lord seems to provide shelter. They receive exactly what they need when they need it. He ensures their thriving wherever they settle even among predators. God even extends goodness and mercy toward their next generation.

Does this not sound familiar?

Kim Speaks Up - A Broken Egg (1 of 1)

Our children will also serve him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord. His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born. They will hear about everything he has done. – Psalm 22:30-31

So many lessons on faith can be learned from the birds yet Jesus pressed by asking one more very important question:

ARE YOU NOT OF MORE VALUE THAN THEY?

  • As always, you have such inspirational posts! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jane

    Such a beautiful post. It is so true that we are provided what we need when we need it. Thank you for your kind gentle reminder of this. I’m so happy I visited you today.

  • It’s truly amazing how much nature can teach us about our faith!

  • Laura

    I just got chills. Thank you for this well-timed reminder!

  • Logan Cantrell

    This is a beautiful post. I was reluctant to click on it based on the title, but I am really glad I did. It was a pleasant surprise. haha Thank you for this reminder and encouragement.

  • Natasha Smith

    So beautiful! So true…it’s the God faith and this post Is right on time! On a side note, I love the bird house, I took my 4yo in a store last week looking for feeders…I’d love to have one in our yard! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • This is truly an inspired reminder and a great start to my week! Thanks so much for sharing! xoxo

  • EF

    I have a bird tattoo that is wholly dedicated to Matthew 6:26! It is a verse/tattoo that has helped me many times remember to trust God in this life and see how He provides! Love this post about a verse I love.

  • Bernetta

    Lovely lovely lovely! I love stories that make you think and view things from a new perspective. Faith is for the birds and us toO!

  • Nadeen

    Very nice. I love birds and bird house so enjoy! And yes one must have faith.

  • Beautiful post! This is right on time. Thank you!

  • Amen!! Awesome! Love it! Did I mention, Awesome?! Awesome?!! I love your posts, Kim. Keep them coming.

  • iluv2globetrot

    I absolutely marvel Every time I read one of your post! This is right on time and I Love it. Being an expat living abroad in different countries I sometimes feel like a bird that isn’t afraid to spread her wings. Thank you.

  • Phenomenal Mama

    Great observation and photographs! As humans we think we’re the superior species and have it all figured out when in reality we could learn so much from the way birds and other animals interact with the universe. God has a hand in it all and on some level I think they understand this better than us!

  • Olivia

    Love this for so many reasons. Having faith is one of the key elements to being successful in our lives. We have to believe!

  • Kim, you dropped some major nuggets in this post. It was on time for me. Faith is for the Birds.!

  • Great post! Lovely sentiments!

  • What a lovely thought. It’s true that i never thought about it quite this way but it’s so true. God does provide for us above what we are thinking about.

  • What great insight! The imagery of the bird really drove you point home! Good stuff.

  • I’m not a very religious person but that was an extremely thought provoking post. You hit it out of the park with this one. And your pictures are beautiful. I wanna see more pics of the birds at home =)

  • Kathy

    What a lovely way to showcase how much God cares for us!

  • Julian @BoldFearless1

    This is such a great post. It’s a much-needed reminder that our God is a God of provision. The analogy with the birds is perfect!

  • Absolutely love this post! It can be so easy to forget that our God will never let us lack…he will ALWAYS be the provision we need for he cares for us….

  • What a beautiful post. The faith of birds. I am going to remember this. Wonderful!

  • Samantha

    I loved this – what a great analogy! You brought the points across so simply and beautifully.

  • Great words. I’ve been stressing about quite a few things but having faith that God will provide is the key. #blmgirl