Daily Devotional (4-21-21)

Daily Devotional (4-21-21)

This is the Day…Wednesday
April 21, 2021


Bird Watching


“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? 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 6:25-27)

Ronda and I have always enjoyed watching the birds around our home. Since moving out to the country I have learned one indisputable fact. If you feed them, they will come! Prior to the beginning of spring this year, I placed two bird feeders in our yard. I positioned them just past the driveway so that Ronda could watch them out the window of her office upstairs. One of the feeders is filled with Finch food and the other is a square Suet in a wire container. I also placed them near our Bluebird house for their convenience.

At first, I was surprised that more birds were not flocking to the feeders. For the first several days, I did not see a single bird. Finally, after a week or two, I started seeing a yellow Finch and even a small sparrow or two on the feeders. Then they clearly went to tell all their friends because the next day, the feeders were full of beautiful yellow birds, Bluebirds, and sparrows.

In hindsight, I wish I had put the feeders further away from the driveway. I have noticed that the birds will fly directly from the feeders and perch on my black truck. Then nature takes its course. You know what I mean? What goes in is going to come out, somewhere. So now, the back and side of my black truck has become the perch for the birds to, “do their business.” I am thankful we did not decide to feed the cows across the street!

My first inclination was to give those birds a scrub brush and a pail of soapy water to clean up their mess. But the aggravation of having my truck always streaked with bird “doings” quickly subsided when I realized that I am doing the Father’s work. Those birds do not do anything. They just eat, fly around, sing songs, make messes, and look pretty all day long. They cannot even wash a truck. But the Father still makes sure they are fed. And in this case, He has called on me to do the feeding. What greater calling can there be? To be the person to carry the seeds of life to birds and even people who need food for their bodies and souls on behalf of the Creator.

Do not worry. When you are hungry, He will see to it that you are fed. When you need clothes, He will take care of it. When you need strength, He will provide it. When you need Hope, He will be there. He put me in charge of some of His messy birds. Don’t you think He will take care of you?