Over the past couple of weeks, a pair of cardinals along with a pair of blue jays have taken up residence in one of the trees in my front yard. The vibrant red of the cardinals and the peaceful blue of the jays contrast vividly with the green of the trees. I love to watch the gentle flutter of their wings and the way they glide so effortlessly through the sky. The birds are, in a word, beautiful.
In the morning, I sit on my front porch watching them, and the next thing I know the verse from Matthew 6 starts running through my mind. I feel peaceful as I sit and watch them. A sense of calm pervades my soul and I begin to ponder the mighty works of our Creator. I think of the beautiful pink and purple sunsets over the deserts, the rhythmic roll of ocean waves, the intricacy of snowflakes, the warmth of the sunshine on a cold winter day, the dynamic colors of summer flowers and fall leaves. His power, majesty, and splendor are displayed for all to see. It overwhelms me and all my cares and worries seem to vanish.
As I contemplate the glory of God’s creation, he gently reminds me that I am also his creation. “For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13, NRSV) Just as the Creator feeds the birds and clothes the lilies, so he does with me. His Word feeds my soul. He provides for all my needs.
Unfortunately, I cannot spend the entire day marveling at the birds in my front yard. In a few quick moments, it is over. A car speeds down the street and breaks the silence. The birds fly away and the feeling quickly fades. This divine connection is broken almost as soon as it is formed and I am left to face the day, and whatever it may hold for me. I remember Jesus' words: “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34, NRSV)
Lord, forgive me when I worry about things that are out of my control. Your Word provides all that I truly need and I praise you for that. Forgive my human frailty and self-focus. Help me to strive first for your Kingdom, trusting that the rest will follow. Amen
In His Name,