My office is on the lower level of our bi-level home. Lately I’ve had this gorgeous finch visiting and eating the seeds from the coneflowers. He’s an industrious little guy and he faces down his fear when he feeds outside my window. One of our feral cats, Molly, likes to frolic in this garden and chase butterflies…and she’d love to catch this little bird, too.
The house I live in with my hubby used to sit in a well-tended subdivision filled with children laughing and playing. Now it sits in a subdivision where gangs walk the streets and children are kept in their own yards. Sirens scream at night, helicopters fly above shining lights in the darkness…and our property value dropped $15,000 this year. But, our home is paid for and I am grateful for having this shelter. We have a limited income, but we also budget our bills and spending so we live within our means. The Lord has been good to us. When we pray, we give thanks for family, friends, and all the many comforts He gives us.
There are families who need help. Families who are struggling because of job loss and hours cut. Our world is hurting, but nothing has changed over all the years since the beginning of time. There have always been trials, hunger, and those who keep faith and those who turn from God. Some would rather blame others, blame God, for their situation and do nothing to help themselves. I believe we could all take a lesson from the little finch who appears in my garden. He is clothed so beautifully and fed so well.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 25-34)
Those who do not know God might look at the above passage as a reason to sit with their hands out waiting for food, water and clothing to be handed to them. But this is not what is meant by the words. Instead, we should turn to God, put our faith and trust in Him, and use the opportunities He provides to give us what we need. That doesn’t mean what we desire…no, it means using the hands, feet, and minds He gave us to provide for our basic needs. Just as the little finch does. Believe in God instead of worrying about tomorrow. Share with those who are less fortunate. Do not store up riches, but instead fill Your hearts with the peace and love which come through sharing blessings and allowing Jesus to live within your heart.