Feeding The Birds

Perhaps it’s my age group. Maybe it’s the lunacy of this world. But for several years now I have felt my foundations slipping. 

I think it started when our sons left for college. (Now a long time ago). My life was seriously rocked when my father died in 2019. (Not really over that one yet.) And now. I keep saying goodbye to things familiar, loved and known. A friend the same age as me (we share a birthday) passed away last month. 

My husband’s best friend growing up lost his Momma yesterday. Sigh. 

Used to be I understood what life was about. Striving. Measured accomplishment. Go do. Get to that. The when…The ifs….The finally….The what’s next. 

Now our sons are grown men. They are launched in their careers. Our “nest” is much smaller. We sold our family house and moved out of state over a year ago. Change. So much change. 

And yet. 

Last week, while standing in checkout line of a Hobby Lobby I looked down to see a devotional on sale. The bearded and disheveled guy on the front picture was an old fart, a scrappy outdoorsman. Hah. Reminded me of my Dad. 

I bought it. 

Todays devotion was about relying on provision. God feeds the birds. He knows what they need daily. And values them as they are…and as I listened to my hubby read, an ancient life-lesson came back to – manna. 

In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end.Deuteronomy 8:16

Manna. The long ago bible school lesson. When the Israelites had nothing. When they were wandering in the dessert. When they could not plan for the day much less “what’s next.” Or even plan for what they would eat. 

But God. 

He sent them manna. Daily. Not to store up for a week. A month. Or a year. All they could plan on was daily. He humbled them. He tested them. And taught them to rely on Him. Daily provision. Just enough. We are called to rely on God. For our daily bread. And daily wisdom. And daily humility. Even our daily breath. 

So back to the crotchety old guy from the devotional. Now that I am reading it daily, I am so much reminded of the Divine lessons I learnt as little girl. From my parents. Particularly my dad. And I know why the book, written by Phil Robertson, “Your Daily Phil” has resonated with me so much. 

It is because the words of wisdom are couched in the direct Truth of God. And they remind me of my foundations. And it feels like “home.” 

Life really is simple. And it is we who make it so busy. So complicated. We overthink. Life changes. People leave us. We lose. We grow. And in the end, we are wise to remember that our foundations are not found in striving. In people. In accomplishments. But in God. It’s that simple. And it took a Louisiana swamp rat who makes duck calls for a living to remind me. 

If God cares for the birds, which are here today and gone tomorrow, I can surely count on Him to do the same for me. And so can you. 

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” Hebrews 4:12

Amen and amen

About setyourpathsstraight

It is my desire to serve God and others through writing; by proclaiming His goodness, provision and character in story form. Though I was not always a follower of Jesus Christ, I have experienced life changes that can only be a result of personally meeting Him. He is not a God of religion, but of relationship. I don't have the answers to life's challenges, but I know where to find them...only in God's Word can any of us stop following crooked paths. The month of my spiritual birthday, I read Proverbs 3:5-6 and claimed it as my life verse... "Trust in the Lord in all you do, lean not on your own understanding In all your ways acknowledge Him.... and He will Set Your Paths Straight." Thank you for your visit today. Please come back again.
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1 Response to Feeding The Birds

  1. Amen and AMEN!! 👍💗🕊📖😇🙏

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