While visiting the Seal Rock area of the Oregon coast one misty day in the summer of 2015, we enjoyed watching these sea gulls flying happily around the rocks. They seemed carefree and unburdened as they flew from rock to rock. Yet, their needs were met. They had a safe place to live, and they obviously had plenty to eat.
“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.
What a compelling question Jesus asks here and one that we may too easily read right over. Are you and I not more valuable than the mere birds of the air? Does our Heavenly Father not look upon us with more worth? Did He not send His One and Only Beloved to snatch us from the grips of sin, destruction, and hell? Has He not given us purpose and promise?
Why should I ever worry about anything? And yet, I do. Often my days are consumed by concerns – concerns about worldly cares. Will we make it this month? How can we juggle things to make them work? All I have to do is look at the birds of the air. They have not a care in this world, and yet all their needs are met.
Lord, help me to concern myself with You today and not myself. There has never been one moment of my life in which You have not been all sufficient.