A Lesson From the Birds

With his tiny feet resting on the snow’s surface, he pecked at the weeds growing inside the roof eaves. The only plants not covered in snow. I love birds, and felt pity for that brave little guy. I wondered how he could find enough to eat and keep warm.

“Don’t worry, I care for the birds,” came a gentle whisper. And that thought brought me back to my morning reading.

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? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Matthew 6:26,28 ESV

We don’t need to worry. God feeds the birds and dresses the flowers. And he says that we are much more valuable than them.

Yet, we often fret and worry, don’t we?

We worry about how to pay the bills. We strive to have a savings account, a secure job, and a sturdy mortgage-free home. All good and wise things, to be sure.

But security, I’ve come to realize, is only a shaky illusion. Natural disasters destroy homes all the time. People show up for their jobs only to learn they are no longer needed. And money? Well it often seems as if it vanishes into thin air, doesn’t it?

The only lasting security is found by trusting in the Lord’s loving care. Resting in the assurance that he will always care for us, come what may.

Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.

A simple lesson, a simple reminder. But one I hope to remember all day, and every day for all my life.

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:31-33 ESV

Images: Bird in snow by Andhoi | Bird on roof © SignorMario.

12 thoughts on “A Lesson From the Birds

  1. Your heart of compassion for a tiny bird and his plight is reflective of your heart for all those around you. God cares! It does bear repeating. It is something I, too, need to remember every day. Thanks for the beautiful picture of the tenderness and sufficiency of our Lord.


  2. Yes, it may be a simple reminder, but it’s one I need to hear often. The day is coming when my spirit (in its new body) will live forever with God! In the meantime, I am safe and secure in him. Could anything be more reassuring?!


  3. Well said Sheila, just when you think it’s safe to go back into the water ….. I can’t help but think that we miss out on so much that God would have us to be mindful of. He does care, He does watch over us, He knows the problems we face before we bring them to Him in prayer and yes, just when we think that we are strong, He shows us otherwise. Our dependency on Him is 100 %, without Him we actually can’t do anything that actually lasts. And as you have indicated, He takes care of the birds and He values us more than the birds. Thanks for the beautiful reminder! Grace and blessings!


    1. It truly is marvelous the way the Lord watches over us. As you say, Bruce, even before we cry out, he already knows, hears, and sees. That bird found food even in the snow, and we will find the Father’s care great, even in the storms of life!

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    1. Oh yes, you’re right Mitch. He did love the birds too! I’ll take his company. There was much to admire in him!


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