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?~Matthew 6:26 NIV
GOD IS WATCHING
As I opened my Bible one chilly winter morning, I heard in my mind, “Child, you know Me, and I am watching.”
Watching what, Lord?
Instinctively, I thought of a snag I had with a purchase I made the day before for my pregnant daughter. I scanned an item twice, so I asked a store clerk to adjust my purchase. However, as I was leaving, I saw I had failed to scan another item. Ugh! I was in a hurry to get home, so my patience cracked like thin ice. But rather than leaving, I walked to customer service like a good girl, waited (tapping my foot), and paid the balance.
Was the Lord watching me with the sharp eye of a hungry hawk to see whether I would pay for my stuff?
WATCHING WITH CARE
Turning back to my devotion, I read how the Father encourages us not to worry. He cares for His children as He tends to tiny birds. Just then, an image of a mother bird came to my mind, watching over her hatchlings with her wings sheltering them from dangerous prey. Then, she fed each one with her beak as they craned their necks for the next worm.
As comforting as that image seemed, my head swirled with worry. Could I afford to pay our bills? Would I have the means to help my family? Like a mother bird, I wanted to care for my daughter’s needs. Was this in the same manner as God when He said, “I am watching?”
Tears smarted my eyes. Lord, I have You all wrong. I viewed You as a hawk ready to devour me in a potential failure. Instead, You look after me like a loving mother hen.
God covers us with His comforting wings, warding off attacks from our enemies. At times, that enemy is our own lack of faith.
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.~Philippians 4:19 NIV
The Lord restores our peace by providing us with everything we need. Wherever God has placed us amidst a storm–feeling the pang of loneliness, worrying about having enough, or having a genuine physical need–God’s faithful care brings us confident assurance. Look at the little creatures who don’t worry or anxiously work and learn to trust God’s provision.
Do you believe you are valuable in God’s eyes? Trust God’s protection and provision.
Lord God, thank You for the comfort of Your embrace like a mother hen. Help me rest in my nest and wait for Your loving care. I am Your charge, and You are responsible for all that concerns me. Help me remember I am Your child, and You are watching me. Amen.
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