Thursday, August 22, 2013

Reminded of God’s Promises

It has been days that I find myself waking up early and the one thing that I distinctly noticed, having my bedroom windows opened due to summer heat, was the sound of birds tweeting harmoniously. I really liked what I hear and it gave me delight to listen to them attentively. I fully immersed in their singing until the usual morning noise drowned it out and even though I cannot hear them, I know they were still singing and tweeting their songs. With this new found fascination, I was reminded of a Scripture that I love to speak and remind people about: “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?” (Matthew6: 26 ESV)

Martin Luther wrote this reflection to the same effect: “God's wonderful works which happen daily are lightly esteemed, not because they are of no import but because they happen so constantly and without interruption. Man is used to the miracle that God rules the world and upholds all creation, and because things daily run their appointed course, it seems insignificant, and no man thinks it worth his while to meditate upon it and to regard it as God's wonderful work, and yet it is a greater wonder than that Christ fed five thousand men with five loaves and made wine from water.” This is what I believe must be constantly deliberated by all who trusts in God’s provision: “God will always inspire.” God, through the birds tweeting daily and ceaselessly every morning, inspired me to listen and shut out all the worries of the day to remind myself of what God can do each and everyday for those who believe.

Although the demand for our attention of each waking day is rigid and overwhelming, it is imperative that we MUST take the time to pause and contemplate to align ourselves to what God has prepared for us instead. Because I firmly believe that when we choose to do so, we will find ourselves calmed instead of being rattled. Like myself, I discovered complete serenity just by listening to the birds singing outside my bedroom window. With it, God, took it as an opportunity to remind me of His promise that if birds can sing without an inch of worry or fear for the day, I can do the same with faith in His promises. Thus, I needed to focus with them singing and at the same time to be open to what God has in store for me also.

God in His wisdom has made the birds sing daily to remind us that we can also sing His praises every morning and it is God’s way of waking us up to find total peace first thing in the morning before we step out into the hustle and bustle of daily grind. Hence, I have shared my experience to encourage you to purposely take a moment tomorrow morning and listen to the birds singing and tweeting their praise of God. You will clearly hear how they are worry-free, confident and filled with much assurance that God will take care of them no matter what. Remember that if God will take care of them, how much more you?

Allow me to share this simple story to encourage you more: “A construction crew was building a new road through a rural area, knocking down trees as it progressed. A superintendent noticed that one tree had a nest of birds who couldn't yet fly and he marked the tree so that it would not be cut down. Several weeks later the superintendent came back to the tree. He got into a bucket truck and was lifted up so that he could peer into the nest. The fledglings were gone. They had obviously learned to fly. The superintendent ordered the tree cut down. As the tree crashed to the ground, the nest fell clear and some of the material that the birds had gathered to make the nest was scattered about. Part of it was a scrap torn from a Sunday school pamphlet. On the scrap of paper were these words: He careth for you” (Bits &  Pieces, November, 1989, p. 23). This is a very simple yet powerful statement to live by and needed to be embedded in our daily consciousness: “He cares for me.”

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