“For the Birds”

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” – Matthew 6:26

Monday night, with the “Blizzard of ’14” pending, I had to go to Wal-Mart to pick up some things. No, we were well stocked on milk, bread, and toilet paper. These were just your everyday routine “gotta go to Wal-Mart and get it” items.

However, there were hundreds of people who were loading up on the milk, bread, and toilet paper and some other items I took note of as I wandered around the store.

In addition to the “Big Three” there was also a run on macaroni and cheese. As I made my way down that aisle, I noticed a huge vacant spot with only a few scattered boxes of mac-n-cheese left. In the produce section it was interesting to note there had been a run on tomatoes and cucumbers, but the bananas were well stocked.

Now, I’m all for making sure we don’t run out of things at a time when we won’t be able to replace them, but the whole scenario made me think how intently we prepare for some things and often let other, even more important, matters go.

That is the message Jesus is sending in the passage above. We should not be so consumed with the “milk, bread, and toilet paper” that we forget about matters of the soul. We shouldn’t spend more time choosing our outfit for the day than we spend in prayer to prepare for the things we will face that day.

Do we spend more time eating our meal than we spend reading the Word of the One who provided it (and gave us the strength to earn the money to pay for it)?

God cares for us much more than He does the birds, yet not one of them falls from the sky and He doesn’t take note. He knows where you are, what you’re going through, He will take care of you. Trust Him.

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