I've learned a lot from the birds of the air these last few years. And Jesus, being such a wise and gentle teacher, used the best illustrations in His lessons for us to learn from.
As Christians, our mind is to be like Christ, yet our old nature and our old habits, known as our flesh, loves to wage war with the new spirit living inside of us. The Spirit of God dictates new thoughts, new behaviors and new rules. In following the Spirit, there comes such reward and blessing; growth and change. Yet living in the world, many of us find it easier to get caught in the momentum of it, especially when it comes to provision.
Having faith in God's provision for you when all seems lost, is not an easy task at first. The only way you can ever see Him reveal His providing measure, is to trust Him- completely. The sparrows have taught me much in this area, especially when you are being stripped of everything. Jesus said :
"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? " Matthew 6:26
I see these sparrows awaken every morning outside our windows. Many gather and pick up something off the ground in our back yard. Many more come and they too get their fill. I've never looked to see what it is they pick up as I marvel in their being fed. As I open up the windows and walk down the side walk, even in rain I hear their bird song. Then I watch them, after they've rested, been fed, sing their songs, they take flight. I look at them fly away in such purpose. How free they are to not worry and be filled to a point of soaring! All from the hand of such a mighty and generous God.
I have become like the sparrows and as the Lord has been doing a heart work in me for a few years, my mindset has become like theirs. The hand of God pouring out His provision on my family lately is nothing short of miraculous. I've had a hard time comprehending such a generous God who has provided in every area of our lives, to the penny knowing how much we needed, every single time. I try and catch my breath as I stand in awe of His faitfhulness. I'm full with His love and need nothing else as I continue on this journey of faith I've been asked to accompany Him on. I am free and no longer care for the things I had accumulated through the years nor the influences that surround me. There is a freedom in trusting Him, in all areas that allows this peaceful presence that I never knew possible amongst pain, disappointment, betrayal, or seemingly hopeless situations. I know Him, this beloved of mine who is faithful and moves in creative strokes and passionate performances.
There is such a simplicity He is wanting us to grasp in order to be really free in Him. We need to trust Him completely in order to fly high, high and higher. It's here that we soar above our circumstances without feeling the pressure of them. It's this place of elevation where I am not tied to those things that in the past have easily weighed me down and anchored me to a limited range. I'm at peace, determined to find what He is faithful to offer me; His perfection provision at the proper time.
"These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisified with good things." Psalm 104:27-28