I am an avid bird watcher. I have three bird feeders and two bird baths in my yard. I live near a wooded area, so I get tons of different types of bird species. One day last week as I was out on my back porch, the Lord began to teach me through observing nature. God is such an amazing teacher, and this day He taught me that He desires His children to be like the birds of the air.
The following are some of the lessons God showed me that day from watching birds:
- Birds are not worried. They are not concerned what they will eat, or where they will sleep. God does not want us to worry about anything. He is our provider and our sustainer.
- “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.” Matthew 6:25-26
- They take time to sing and enjoy. Some of the birds appeared to be having such a delightful time singing in the trees.
- “Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous, and praise His Holy name.” Psalm 97:11-12. “Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches.” Psalm 104:12
- Birds rest. Many of the birds after eating or flying around, would find somewhere to perch and they would just sit for a while, especially the doves. Some of the birds would sit on my fence and appeared to be so peaceful and calm.
- “I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” Psalm 55:6
- Blue Jays in particular will alert other birds that a hawk or other predator is nearby. The Jay gives a distress signal to let the others know that danger is imminent. Like the Jay, it is important that we pray and watch out for each other.
- “Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all perseverance and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for the saints.” Ephesians 6:18
- The majestic hawk that I saw on this day was very high in the air. I noticed that he soared above the high winds that we were having that day, much like the eagle does. This hawk was stable in his flight and kept going higher as the storm was approaching that day.
- “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and nor grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:3
- The lone seagull I encountered could not get above the high winds. He was unsteady and kept going different directions when the winds came. He could not seem to handle the changing weather patterns. Like the seagull, if we take our eyes off Jesus and onto our problems we will be unstable.
- “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.” Proverbs 4:25
- The one thing that I observed in all the birds is that they have freedom. They are able to come and go as they please.
- “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36.
I do believe that God does teach us through nature since there were so many parallels of our spiritual walk that the Lord brought to my attention as I studied these birds.
“So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” Matthew 10:31
Share with me how the Lord has taught you lessons through nature/birds. Thank you so much for sharing and God bless you!