For the Birds
“One, two, three…six, seven…” I soon lost count. In this fall season, I was driving on our country roads to make a quick visit when I noticed creeping travelers on their journey. They were on a mission before the first potential frost in the morning. Their trek led them, not to crawl parallel with the road, no, but their trajectory was completely perpendicular. I aimed the tires of my vehicle hoping to straddle the army of wooly bears crossing the road. Certainly, a wooly bear massacre would affect the ecosystem in some unfortunate way!
In comparison to a wooly bear, we are soaring through life at high altitude and would barely notice such an “insignificant” creature, yet they do not escape God’s notice. Jesus informed His audience, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God” (Luke 12:6)? Later in the chapter, he mentions God feeds the ravens. “Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls” (Luke 12:24)?
Then Luke 13, Jesus exhibits this divine and tender care for all to see. A woman, hunched over and crippled “by Satan” for eighteen years did not escape his notice. In society, she more than likely was a nuisance, a pesky beggar, scraping by from day to day. Jesus lays his hands upon the woman and says, “Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity” (Luke 13:12). She was “of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:7).
There are two sins which arise when we forget God is our provider. Let it be noted: I am not advocating a foolish or imprudent lack of planning. The principle of the ant in the Proverbs is just as valuable. However, there are two sins which arise when we forget God cares for us more than sparrows and ravens, and they are worry and warehousing. Both are inaccurate thoughts about God. Worry is when we think God has forgotten us; warehousing is when we have forgotten God. In Luke 12, Jesus speaks of a rich man who had a bountiful harvest, yet he was warehousing his surplus. There were poor crippled women he could have noticed as God noticed, but this is unnatural for selfish flesh. When we seek “the kingdom of God” we remember “a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:31, 15).
Whether it is sparrows, ravens, or wooly bears, remember, God notices you and He cares enough to supply your need. Lean upon Him today.