21st August 2012

The Robin

“Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or store food in barns for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are.”
Matthew 6:26 (NLT)

I went to a well known DIY store the other day. The one where ‘you can do it if you _ _ _ it.’ Anyway, as I was making my way towards the gardening section to look at the plants, I was stopped in my tracks by beautiful bird song. It was crystal clear and seemed to fill the vast roof space of the store. I said to myself, “What a pleasant way to encourage consumer spending by playing bird song over the PA system.” Then I thought that the idea seemed a bit quirky, so I scanned the roof struts to see if I could spot a bird singing. Nothing. The bird song continued undiminished. I scanned the roof space again, and then I spotted him. It was a beautiful cock Robin, red chest thrust out, singing his socks off, totally oblivious to the store noise and customers walking nearby. He was lower down than I expected, perched above a stack of bundles of loft insulation, announcing to the world that he was the handsomest Robin around, and offering the most magnificent nest site amongst the loft insulation.

The Robin was doing what comes naturally. He was singing to defend his territory and trying to attract a mate. I listened for a while to his exquisite song, then found myself becoming really concerned for his welfare. Was he trapped in that vast store without food and water? He’d obviously found it easy enough to fly in through the entrance, but how would he find the way out?

Knowing that I will never know the outcome of the Robin’s plight saddens me, but knowing that our great God is aware of everything is so encouraging. In Matthew, chapter 10, Jesus is encouraging the disciples by telling them in verse 29, “Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.”

God knows and cares about the Robin. He cares even more for us, and always knows our needs.  In Luke chapter 12, Jesus is again talking to the disciples. He says to them in verse 24, “Look at the ravens. They don’t need to plant or harvest or store food in barns because God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!” Verses 29-31 go on, “And don’t worry about food, what to eat and drink. Don’t worry about whether God will provide for you. These things dominate the thoughts of most people, but your Father already knows your needs. He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.”

Heavenly Father, your word tells us that you always know all our needs and you will meet those daily needs if we live for you and make your way of life our priority. Please help us to do that.

Study by Diana Hall

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