Not once, but twice this week, we stopped everything, not to “smell the roses” but we took a pause to consider the birds. We were coming home after a wonderful evening of fellowship and a meal with friends. As we rounded a corner to head onto the main highway, there was this peacock, completely unaware that he was stopping traffic. There he was in all of his splendor! We weren’t the only ones who stopped to take his picture.
The next day, we heard chirping at our door. We walked out and low and behold a baby blue bird sat there all bright and cheerful. We took his picture too! With two instances in two days, I think Jesus may have been trying to tell us something; “Consider the Birds!”
Jesus often took the time to consider the birds. The frequent references to birds in his sermons, seem to indicate that he took pleasure in bird-watching and studying their ways and habits. He said things like:
- “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father.” Matthew 10:29
- “Consider the ravens…” Luke 12:26
- “Do not fear you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7
There have been so many times in my life that I felt the gentle kindness of God through something as seemingly small as a bird. When I was a young teen, I often I spent time outdoors praying, and singing. On one particular day, I was being quite vocal about it, and the next thing I knew I was stopped in my tracks when I noticed a small bird up in a tree. No sooner had I seen him, I thought to myself, “It would be neat if that bird would fly to me so I could pet it.” But, you know full well that a wild bird wouldn’t ordinarily just fly straight to a human for no reason at all! But as if to answer my thought, the bird flew immediately right to me, and I reached down and began to pet it! It changed my life! Somehow, I just knew that if God cared so much about answering my desire and He caused that bird to come, I knew that he cared about me even so much more than I could ever imagine!
Another time, my schnauzer attacked a wren that had been hanging out in our backyard. Sadly, he damaged tail feathers and feet. One foot was completely chewed off and missing. The other foot was limp and frayed. My daughter grabbed up the bird and walked the floor, praying that the bird would be healed. Later, my friend and her daughter went with us to take the bird to the Wildlife Rescue shelter. From the back seat my daughter says, “Mom, the birds legs are back!” I did not quite understand or comprehend what she was saying. We arrived on site where we were met by a wildlife specialist who picked the little wren up out of the shoebox and placed her on the picnic table There the bird stood… completely restored, with a brand new set of legs, and feet that were perfectly formed! In a split second, God had created all new limbs, and my friend and I and all of the kids got to be there to witness God’s restorative power. That day this passage really came alive to me:
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? Yet, I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.” Matthew 6:25-29. In other words: “If God cares for common birds and feeds them every day, how much more will He care for you.”
There was also the time when Jesus brought me roses… but I’ll have to save that story for another time!