Monday, January 28, 2013

God has met the need to your biggest problem before you had the problem.

This past summer, a bird created a nest in the wreath that hung outside our front door. I was delighted, because it meant that I would get to share the experience with my kids as her babies came into the world. I have always been fascinated by the whole process of birds hatching and being brought into the world. My kids and I kept a close eye on the birds every day and observed some of the things that they were doing. When the birds were very, very little they would open their beaks as wide as they could at every little sound, hoping that food would be on its way, and then chirp incessantly if it wasn't.  We noticed that when we opened the front door, the sound of the door would get them all excited, and they would reach their necks up nice and tall and open their beaks as if food was coming. I actually stopped opening the front door for a short time because I felt so bad about it. As they got bigger, though, they seemed to get more accustomed to the sounds around them, and they became more familiar with what sounds were "food is coming" sounds and what sounds weren't. We also noticed that they started to get more comfortable with the idea that "mom" or "dad" (not sure which) was going to take care of them so they could settle down a little bit. Their sweet little heads poked up every time their mom came swooping over to the nest with food, but then when she left, they would just watch her leave, knowing she would be back again with more food later, rather than chirping incessantly. After a really good feeding, the baby birds would curl around each other in the nest and take a nap. They could rest, knowing that they were provided for.  

In the same way, as we grow and mature in our spiritual walk, we learn to trust the Lord to provide for us what we need as we need it. As He continues to provide day after day the things that we need, we can begin to rest in Him, knowing that our needs will be taken care of in the future. If there is ever a time when you are feeling unsure, you can rest in His promises to take care of you. Watching the birds get taken care of reminded me of Matthew 6:26 which says this: 

"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?"
  •  "Jehovah Jireh" means "The Lord who provides." If you want a reason to praise God, listen to this one. Pastor Tanner explains, "God has met the need to the greatest problem of your life before you totally understand the greatest problem of your life." Such a great sermon!! Click on the link (VNC logo) below:

(pictured above: I was outside when
one of the baby birds was coming out
of the nest to explore the world for
the first time.) I just loved it!! :)
Isn't he precious!?!
Jehovah Jireh

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