Living like the birds

One of the biggest things that contributes to my overall joyfulness is that I rarely worry about things. I used to struggle big time with anxiety and depression. I was on medication for about 6 years for it and I usually attributed my happiness to being on meds. A year ago, before we started to conceive, I went off my medication due to risks involved with antidepressants and pregnancy. Somehow, I’m actually happier.

Somewhere along this path I’ve been walking on with the Lord, I gained true happiness. Medication or no medication, I have a joy that is deep within my soul and I always try to nurture it, so as to never loose it. As I said before, I rarely struggle with anxiety. I have learned to lean on the Lord, trust His timing, His plan, His purpose for my life.

Recently, with this whole home selling/home buying process, I’ve noticed some worrisome thoughts creeping back into my mind. I think it’s probably pretty natural to worry a bit when you are trying to sell your current home in order to buy another. There are a lot of factors that are involved, closing costs, home loan approval, showings, cleaning, signing of very important papers etc. etc. Any normal person would fret about some of these things. However, I don’t want my anxious thoughts to consume my time, my mind or my relationship with God. I don’t want to spend the majority of my days worrying that our home loan hasn’t been approved or that our windows aren’t clean enough for our next showing.

So I had a little time with Jesus this morning and I heard a very important lesson as I was reading in Matthew. We are to live like birds, with no cares, trusting that He will provide for our every last need, no matter what.

“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?”

As I sat on my porch meditating over this verse, I saw birds everywhere. Their greatest concern was which tree branch to perch in. They had no worries. No fears. No anxious thoughts. God cares for them and feeds them. We are worth so much more to Him than a bird, so does it not stand to reason that He will take care of us even more?
God has never  let me down, never abandoned me, never allowed me to go hungry, never deserted me. Why should I worry now that He might let me down now. That is pure foolishness. 
So this week, I am going to keep my eyes on the sky and pray that God would give me the mentality of a bird, not worrying about this thing or that, home loans or money, showings or what color carpet I want in my home. No, this week, I will focus on His unending faithfulness. 

2 thoughts on “Living like the birds

  1. I love this post. It's a valuable lesson for all of this. Also, I noticed in that picture that the way the birds are flying makes it look like a smiley face in the sky. 😉 I'm such a dork. 🙂


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