Monday, March 24, 2014

Chubby Robins

Looking out my kitchen window early one morning, I found the ground covered with a multitude of birds. Although it was near the end of winter, none of the birds looked sick or malnourished.  One robin was actually pudgy. 

As I settled in with the first cup of coffee, I wondered about the chubby bird.  Clearly, the robin had not only had all it needed, it had a little more than it needed.  Jesus’ teaching on anxiety came to mind.  

“Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; and they have no storeroom nor barn; and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!”  
(Luke 12:24)

Imagine that!  Without a storeroom or a barn, the bird had managed to eat more than enough lots of days.  There was no other way to explain its expanded girth.  
God had provided for the bird, and sent more than it needed.  I’ve read many times that anxiety wasn’t necessary because God cared for me more than for the birds and the lilies.  I’ve heard numerous sermons condemning worry and stressing faith.  Somehow, though, the chubby bird brought the truth home with startling reality.  
I had spent so much time worrying about whether or not I’d have enough of whatever I thought I needed, that I had missed a vital principle.  Perhaps you’ve overlooked this, too.  It is not only that we are NOT to worry.  There is one little thing we must DO.  “Your Father knows that you need these things,” Jesus said.  “But seek for His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you.”  
It’s a promise you can count on.  You seek His kingdom and He meets your needs.  No worry required.  Our heavenly Father can be counted on to keep His part of the deal.  The question is – can you?

(Excerpt from upcoming book, Lessons From the Harvest, by Dr. Leanna Hollis)