Sunday, July 24, 2011

He Cares For You

I have birds on the brain.

After lunch today, my husband looked out the kitchen window and said "Hon, you have a bird stuck in your bird feeder."


A tiny little nuthatch had managed to slip into the crack of the shepherd's hook that suspends my bird feeder over the deck. I went outside with towels in hand, ready to ease him out of his predicament. But the little fellow was just flustered enough by the sight of me that he gave it his all and fluttered out all by himself.


It is amazing how fear can be such a motivator.

Today in church we talked about how fear can keep us from trusting God. Our natural tendencies cause us to react horizontally instead of responding vertically.

In Matthew 10:29-30, Jesus has this to say about worries and fear:

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. ..So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

I'll admit it. I can become paralyzed by fear. Afraid to reach out lest I be rejected. Afraid to try a new pursuit because I may fail. Afraid to say 'yes' to requests because of the unknown factors. Afraid that God has just forgotten about me. I tune my ears to the enemy's lies rather than trusting in God's promises.

I've had my fair share of anxieties this summer. Will my husband's job require another move? Will I find a new job? Will I get everything done that needs to be done for two college sons and one second grader? Will my dog's biopsy come back with good or bad news? I'm just like that little nuthatch, stuck in place and not knowing how to get unstuck.

But you know what? I know that God is here today. And God is in tomorrow. And maybe, just maybe, if I put forth a little effort and try to flutter, then with God's help, I just might be ready to fly.

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's might hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:6-7

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  1. Very pretty that little birdie! Words to live by. xo

  2. I think that your words had a bigger impact than the sermon yesterday! Thank you. That fear thing may just be genetic- I so know what you mean:). Love- Tina