Recently, my daughter and I did bird watching. These birds are regular visitors to our backyard every summer. My daughter loved watching those violet and yellow flying creatures. And yet, some sparrows still caught my eyes.
For such a time as that, I’m reminded of what Jesus said about us.
“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? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
Three lessons I continually live with.
1. Look At the Birds To Learn About Life.
Every time I wake up in the morning, I always have a glance of the green pine trees outside our window. But summer time is where I enjoyed more birds singing and chirping.
Often times, we take for granted the usual beauty of life, but Jesus’ words are more focused. When he said, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them” it means an intentional and reflective action.If a person looks closely at the birds,
If a person looks closely at the birds, a significant lesson could be learned: God cares.
Of course, the birds do what they usually do. They wake up, stretch their wings, fly from one place to another, look for the food, and eat, as well as sleep at night. They also build their nests.
It’s not that Jesus is against the discipline of saving for future needs. In fact, he teaches firmly the principles of sowing and reaping in his messages. It’s a given principle of life.
As such, Jesus is only pointing out that in the midst of the daily routines of life, God cares for the wellbeing and welfare of His people. He feeds or nurtures His creatures.
2. Level Up Your Worth.
This is not about boosting one’s large ego. This is about having a realistic view of one’s worth as a person—and in Christian perspective, every human is created in God’s image. No other creature like it.
Birds are beautiful creatures of God. And yet, Jesus gets us into proper perspective by asking: “Are you not of more value than they?”
Every human has intrinsic value more than any other animals and birds. As such, Jesus is making an unmistakable argument.
If God cares for the birds that fly, God nurtures people who are of much more worth. And that means you too.
Isn’t it interesting that worrying could be a form if insecurity? Not that one is insecure to the birds, but a person is not secure of his worth before God.
3. Lengthen Your Life.
With quite a sense of humor, Jesus pointed out, “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”Only God is in control when and how long a person lives. If it’s your time, it’s your time.
Only God is in control when and how long a person lives. If it’s your time, it’s your time.
But it is also true that a person has the personal contribution to the health and longevity of one’s life.
In fact, many research shows that anxiety shortens life. More stresses lessen one’s lifespan.
Today, stress is one of the major factors of health decline, illnesses, and untimely death.
Aren’t you concerned that stress could be considered a mental disorder? (Does this mean if you can’t order your life it could lead to a mental disorder?)
The truth is, trust is the spiritual antidote of stress. Anyone who realizes this truth of life has to trust the God who cares.
Glenn Plastina © 2017