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.
“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.
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.
We hung bird feeders and filled it with food to ensure that they would not go hungry when they arrived.
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,
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!
- 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?
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: