“Rise up this morning, smile with the rising sun. Three little birds pitch by my doorstep. Singing sweet songs of melodies pure and true. Saying this is my message to you. Don’t worry about a thing. Every little thing is gonna be alright”~ Bob Marley
Bob Marley’s song reminds me of a few weeks ago I was looking out my window at three yellow birds playing on our homemade bird feeder.The thing that intrigued me about the birds is that, if the feeder is empty they might leave the tree but they don’t seem to go far. They have come to realize that we will eventually put seeds in it and they watch and then they return.
This carefree existence absolutely fascinates me because it mirrors what Jesus was teaching his disciples in the sermon on the mount, “ 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life”(Matthew 6:26 &27)
Our human nature tells us to struggle in our own strength for our needs. While the word of God tells us not to worry but to trust trust God to be Lord over our circumstances. We are trusting that he wants what’s best for us and that he is aware of what we are doing every moment of our lives and he has engineered the best path for us. God’s word advises us to let go, soar like an eagle and trust that as a need arises he will fulfill it as he sees fit.
What we are to God
We are way more precious to God than the birds of the air, whom he takes care of and they live in an untroubled reality. If we consider what he does for the birds and consider how much more valuable we are to him it leads us to rest peacefully in his capable arms. It de-stresses us. Just think about the birds.
Sometimes, worry about our situations dominates our hearts but Jesus reminds us that our heavenly father already knows that we need these things so we should instead approach him in prayer (Matthew 6:8)
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” Corrie ten Boom
Verse 33 of Matthew gives us the key to thriving amidst our perceived worries. We are to, “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”. So we switch our worry to seeking and wait with full expectation that God will supply all our needs according to his purpose.
The antidote for our worry is seeking God and trusting him do the best for us regardless of how a situation seems.