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Jesus had something to say about worry:
“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”
Jesus always had a purpose in everything He said. Not one word was wasted, not one illustration without significance. We don’t need to worry about anything if God is our heavenly Father!
For the last six months, my husband has been without a job, and our house has been on the market. I’ve had lots of opportunities to worry! I know we’re commanded not to worry, but sometimes doing something isn’t as easy as saying it.
This will be our 15th move in thirty-three years of marriage and in every case, the Lord has provided exactly what we’ve needed. Remembering that has been helpful in keeping anxiety at bay. However, I still find myself worrying about different aspects of moving and finding a new home.
A few days ago I noticed a Cassin’s finch sitting in a bush just outside of my bedroom window. Each time I walked in the room, he sat on the same branch. Seeing the small creature reminded me of Jesus’ words about how our heavenly Father takes care of the birds and values His children so much more. As I stood there a thought hit me:
I wouldn’t worry if I believe that’s the truth!
I shared that reminder with some friends on Facebook the other day. One of them had a brilliant observation:
Birds don’t worry! They sing!
Every time I’m tempted to think about all the “what-ifs” that observation comes to my mind, “They don’t worry; they sing!” I’m not denying that this is a dark world and life can be extremely painful and difficult, but God has a purpose in every situation He allows in our lives.
Some may come to the conclusion that birds sing because they don’t know any better, but I think that Jesus reminds us through their example that our Heavenly Father is faithful to provide for us in every situation. It’s a truth we can believe, and when we choose to throw our worries over to the Father, and sing His praises, we find His perfect peace doing just what He promises, “guarding our hearts and minds!” So, don’t worry! Sing instead!
“Put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…” Isaiah 61:3
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7