Such people will not be overcome by evil.
Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
They do not fear bad news;
they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. - Psalm 112:6-7
Yesterday we were driving along and it was very windy out, as a storm was about to break. I saw a bird in the middle of the lake. He was flying just at the tops of the tufts of long grass growing on little islands in the water. He was flapping his little wings and going absolutely nowhere. See, he was flying against the wind. He wasn't losing ground, but had to expand every bit of energy he had just to maintain his position.
I began to wonder about that little bird. I felt sorry for him. Didn't he realize his flight was futile right now? Why didn't he give up? At least wait the storm out?
And then the Spirit filled in the gaps for me.
The bird doesn't take the time to contemplate his situation. He was created to fly, and so he keeps on flying. When he has to rest, He perches on whatever reed God has provided, and I had seen first-hand that God provides that resting place even in the middle of a large body of water! When the bird is rested, he resumes his flight. He doesn't have a time-crunch, a goal or an agenda. He just flies.
Maybe that's my problem, when worries flood in and push my mind into a frenzy. I think more than I trust. Contemplate more than I surrender. Fear more than I just go.
So today my activity was to research my favorite bird. Mine is a red-winged blackbird. I was looking for amazing ways that the birds trust their Creator. He made them to do just that, and I know I have a lot to learn from them.
Did you know that the red-winged blackbird is a marsh bird? They enjoy making their nests above water, in reeds or small shrubs. Sometimes the baby blackbirds fall into the water. They can swim a little to get hold of a cattail and climb out. Isn't that amazing? Just like with us, God creates each one to be able to thrive in its specific environment!
I put a picture of my favorite bird in my journal. Then I wrote the things I had learned about them. Amazing things. Things that inspire me to follow their gentle lead.
And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. - Luke 12:7
God Who Hears, we desire nothing more than to have the trust of a sparrow. Please renew our faith. We believe, help our unbelief! In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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