It is no secret to my family that I enjoy looking at the birds. I go out many evenings with my camera in hand. I sit quietly and wait for the birds to wing their way to the trees around me. If I am quiet enough and not jerky with my movements, then I might get a couple of good shots.
Spring is almost upon us and the birds are busy these days. Flocks of robins possibly heading back to areas further north alight in the yard looking for a fast meal. Mockingbirds eye me from the trees and cardinals take flight at the least little sound. The chickadees flutter from tree to tree and the crows own the sky with their sheer numbers.
I on the other hand often worry about world issues or stress over personal things. Sometimes I am so immobilized by my own fears that I am unable to do the things that are rightly my responsibility and calling. The days and weeks take their toil on my soul so that there is 'nary a song on my lips. So why does the fragile little bird who has no permanent home and is a vagabond and wanderer of the world, able to to carry on with strength and dignity? Why do I fail so miserably and so often? I think the answer lies in that my little bird friends know that they have a Creator and a Sustainer. Their life and breath is wrapped up in the Life giver and they do not see Him as their enemy. Little bird lives in sweet submission. Not so with humans. Humans as a whole are in rebellion to our Creator! We must strive and drive to get what is ours and to keep ourselves alive. At least that is what is deep within our core.
It is in total dependence and reliance. In my human rebellion, this kind of reliance often feels like a fool's errand. The only fool is the one who refuses to acknowledge the One who has created all of life and is the only one who can sustain it. The older I get the more evident it becomes that the Great Artist has created our beautiful world. Sitting there with the birds, I know that none of this was the accidental workings of time and chance. Just the birds alone are enough evidence for me
“And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. NKJV