Growing up in my parent’s home there was a painting of two birds with this poem beneath it.
Said the robin to the sparrow
I should really like to know
Why these anxious human beings
Rush around and worry so
Said the sparrow to the robin
Friend, I think that it must be
They have no heavenly father
Such as cares for you and me…by Elizabeth Chaney
Ok, so it’s not true that we don’t have a heavenly Father that cares for us. We absolutely do! But it is true that sometimes we don’t act like it or we don’t believe it. Maybe we know it in our head but our heart struggles. We look at things through our eyes rather than resting in His love and provision for us. We allow ourselves to worry, to get worked up over things that might happen or things coming up in the future. I am so guilty of this. I think of all possible scenarios and “what ifs” and can make myself sick from it. I have been known to stay awake all hours dwelling on them. This happened the other night. I could not get my mind to shut off. My heart was so heavy and broken because of a situation I was made aware of earlier in the week and I was making myself sick with worry. It was when I was praying about the situation that the Lord gently brought to my remembrance a verse in the Bible…and I can tell you when I looked it up in made all the difference and changed my perspective.
I love how it is worded in the Message… Matthew 6:34 Give your attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
I was reminded of the children of Isreal wandering around in the wilderness. When they arrived they were full of complaints, “If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around with pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now, you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us to death.” Exodus 17: 3
They worried about what they would eat…not trusting in the Lord’s faithfulness and care that he would provide for them, and yet He did provide …each and every day.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I am going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they follow my instructions. On the sixth day they will gather food, and when they prepare it, there will be twice as much as usual.” Exodus 17: 4, 5
For forty years he sent quail and manna and they never once went hungry. They didn’t need to worry about what they were going to eat ever, because God was faithful to them. He gave them just what they needed. Although we later read in that chapter that there were times they saved more than they needed because maybe they were not fully trusting in his provision or perhaps just in case God didn’t come through the next day. In those cases, the food ended up being filled with maggots so they couldn’t eat it. Will he not give us what we need to make it through if we trust him, rather than trying to handle things on our own?
He cares and knows what is in our hearts. He gets us. I don’t know what concerns are weighing you down today. I don’t know what you are facing or what is stressing you out, but I encourage you to trust Him to work things out according to His plan and to rest in Him.
Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest.”
1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares for you.