“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 6:25-34:
This afternoon a flock of birds landed in our yard after flying around the neighborhood looking for food. I had put aside some breadcrumbs from an overdone loaf of bread just a few days ago, thinking even thought it's winter, we might get a chance to feed some birds. As soon as I saw them land, my daughter and I went out to feed them some, but as soon as we got on the porch, they flew away and hid in the large tree in our yard. Eventually they made their way back down, and we enjoyed watching and listening to them for quite some time.
While we were sitting there, enjoying the time, this verse came to my mind. It made me think of how we can behave the same way in our lives. We are so busy worrying about the small things, that we sometimes miss the big pictures. Like the birds, we see differences or changes as scary, unable to see how we may gain something from being open to it. No matter what our current circumstances might be, God is in control and has a plan for our lives. Sometimes life takes turns we didn't see coming, but that's because God has something in store for us just around the bend.
I pray that I am able willing to follow God's leading and that I am open to seeing what God is trying to teach me through all circumstances. Currently my husband and I are experiencing something that we were not prepared for, and it is a bit upsetting and originally caused us some stress, but I am trying to see in the months leading up to this, how God was paving the way and working things out despite our best efforts to go in a different direction. While it isn't always easy, I seek to live out my personal life verse each and every day.
"Do not worry about anything, but in everything, with praise and thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guide your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Phillipians 4:6&7