I am grateful for the birds that sing outside my bedroom window every morning. They are the best kind of wake-up call announcing the start of a new day and that the sun will soon rise, for which I always grateful. It doesn’t take long to add to that gratitude list: a cup of coffee, cereal, fruit, or toast; water, electricity, roof over my head, and a bed to sleep on; children and grandchildren, extended family and friends, faith and faith community, and good health.
During his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said:
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat? Or ‘what shall we drink’ or ‘What shall we wear? For after all these things the Gentiles (non-believers) seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:26-34)
My oh my! I don’t mind telling you that some form of worry accompanies me most days. Still, I recognize by faith and through experience that these assurances of Jesus are true. I have all I need, and truth be told, I always have.
Today I seek the kingdom of God and pursue it with every fiber of my being. I yearn for God’s way, God’s will, love, joy, and peace to fill our world, and I want to participate in bringing it to pass as best I can. And though I am certain that I will come up short somehow, tomorrow I will try again and I will trust, and the next day, the next day, and the day after that. If God takes care of the birds in the air and flowers in the field, how much more will God take care of you and me?
Grace and peace,
P.S. If by chance you are looking for a good book to nourish your soul, I am currently reading A Spirituality of Living: The Henri Nouwen Spirituality Series, which I highly recommend.