Friday, April 27, 2012

His Eye is on the Sparrow..and I know....

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

I have a picture hanging in my foyer that says “Faith is…the bird that sings while the dawn is still dark.” Don’t know who said it but it encourages me.

I arise very early in the morning in order to take care of my dog, pack my lunch and most importantly spend some time reading and meditating in the Bible. It’s not that I’m so spiritual, it’s because I am a morning person and that is the best time of day for me. And with the exception of the coldest day in winter, for every season I always can hear birds singing as early as 4:00 AM. Pitch black outside and they are just singing away! It never ceases to amaze me!

We can learn a lot from nature, in fact I think God must chuckle sometimes when the creatures in nature seem like they have it together more than us humans. Jesus shared about this in the above scripture…birds, he says, have nothing to do with planting or gathering food, but yet they trust that God, their creator WILL feed them. That is why they can sing when it’s still dark outside. Unlike us sometimes we have to have the most optimal conditions in order to praise and thank God; these creatures in their little “bird brains” know that if God thought enough of them to create them, then they had better be about what He created them for! AND be obedient about doing it whether it’s dark outside or a sunshiny day!

Can we “sing” like the birds in our darkest hours? Hard question…even harder answer… but God says yes. I remember when my husband passed away; it was one of my darkest times. Coming home from the hospital and facing that house where he would never set his feet again…seemed so hopeless. For days with the preparations and people coming and going, I operated on auto pilot. I remember slipping down into the basement early one morning and singing softly “I Exalt Thee”, softly as not to wake anyone. As I began to sing on auto pilot, suddenly my spirit inside felt as if it was a bird being released from a cage. My connection to God had been blurred somehow by the days and weeks of suffering and sadness; but as I began to sing a simple song of worship, my connection was again made clear and though I knew it would be rough ahead, somehow I knew I would be okay. It was just the beginning of the many times I would sing in the “darkness”, but thank God the “light” of dawn does come.

As the old childhood song goes, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so…” And He proves it over and over again. Even reminding us as we hear the birds sing in the darkness before the sun rises. In this life there will be times when we may not see or feel the sun (Son) in our situations, but be encouraged, just as sure as the light of dawn is there, so is He…so sing on!


Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Veronica, this is a beautiful post. What a great reminder that we should just trust God in all of our circumstances. Thanks so much for sharing!

CatMom said...

Oh Veronica....what a beautiful post! Your words are filled with so much truth and wisdom, sweet lady. Thank you for sharing--I needed this reminder. Love you, Patti Jo