I love to watch the birds in the garden and on the bird feeders but several months ago we sadly had to stop feeding them because we had a very unwelcome visitor who also enjoyed the bird food. A rat!
A few days ago we decided to fill the bird feeders again in the hope that ratty had found other sources of food. It has been a joy to see all the different varieties of birds come back so quickly.
It’s also such a lovely time of the year to look at all the new growth in the garden and the beautiful spring flowers and it made me think of those wonderful verses in Matthew 6, part of the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus tells the crowd gathered on the hillside near Capernaum not to worry about those needs that God supplies.
Matthew 6 v 25 - 34 Do Not Worry 25 “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 than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 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? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. 30 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—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
We may be going through very anxious times but Jesus tells us not to worry. Instead all our energy should be focussed on putting God first in our lives. He needs to be our number one priority v 33 ‘seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well’. The verse reminds me though that as I ‘seek God’s Kingdom’ I need to let go of ‘my kingdom’.
God bless your day – keep safe