5:00 am Monday morning, the bleep of a text came in. “You’re a late start today.” My husband mumbled as he rolled back to sleep. Moments passed before my mind started coming out of the dense fog of slumber.
“What? A late start? Seriously? It’s April 21st!” I replied back in disbelief. On a side note, this morning’s late start had been an answer to a prayer so I could get some extra sleep from a late night of grading, but I never thought it would happen. However, I should not have been surprised when my husband gave the news. After all, I do live in Iowa the state of all four seasons whenever they feel like showing up.
Resetting my alarm, I snoozed for another hour and arose to the brewing aroma in the kitchen reminding my brain that it was time to get up. While pouring a fresh cup, I stole a glance out my window noticing the newly knit blanket of snow. Suddenly, reality hit me square in the face. What about those poor birds? They have got to be so confused! The robins had returned only the previous week and their morning songs had been filling the 80-degree air only to feel a shock to their system a few days later. As quick as the thought came, my comment was already answered. There in the midst of the white powder stood a robin hoping and bouncing around in search of breakfast. Reeling in his success, he headed back to his home food in beak.
What simplicity I thought to myself. How soon did God intervene to provide for this two-winged creature even in the unexpected circumstance? Yet, that is how God is. He tells us not to worry about our life, what we will eat, drink, or wear. (Matthew 6:25). “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)
God loves to provide for his children, but it must be done His way because He knows us and how we are created. We are “fearfully and wonderfully made;”(Psalm 139:14). When we sit and worry, fret, and idle away time when we are anxious where this life is taking us, we have wasted away precious time to seek those for His kingdom.
Instead, we must not worry about tomorrow and what may or may not happen because the day will bring upon its own troubles. (Matthew 6:34). Instead, we must fix our eyes on Him and know that He knows all of what we need not want. If God is willing to provide a worm to a robin in a fresh blanket of white, why would we expect anything less of Him especially when the gift is for his own children.
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 4:19)