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GUEST POST: WHY DON’T BIRDS WORRY?

MY FEATURED GUEST BLOGGER: PASTOR EUGENE C. SCOTT

Bio: EUGENE C. SCOTT is a writer, coach, counselor, photographer, pastor, non-profit director and creative. He thrives in the lee of the Rocky Mountains in Littleton, CO. He enjoys coffee, reading, metaphors,Β aspen groves, hiking, archery, and hunting and fishing. More than anything though, he is smitten with his wife, kids, grandkids, friends, and God. In addition to blogging regularly atΒ www.eugenecscott.com, he has had a short story published, several poems, lyrics for a song, and articles and essays in newspapers and journals. He also served as a Pastor in seven churches and two para-church ministries. He recently retired from serving the church and now considers himself a pastor-at-large. He graduated from Colorado University in Denver with a degree in psychology, Denver Seminary with a Master of Divinity, and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA with a doctorate.

β€œTherefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 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 6:25-26

This passage has always worried me. Forgive the pun. I’ve wondered. Does this passage portray a loving God whose care precludes such things as death and disease? Is this a promise of a life with nothing to worry about?  

Birds’ lives are rather dangerous. Birds die. Hummingbirds only live three to five years. A flamingo named Greater lived until age eighty-three in captivity in an Australian zoo. What’s Jesus getting at here? Jesus seems to be alluding to Psalm 104. It’s a magnificent psalm that shows us what God’s care looks like. β€œThe birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches.” As Jesus said, God the Father provides for even the birds.

β€œAll creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time.” God’s provision is constant. But it does not hold us captive. But unlike Greater the flamingo, God does not hold us captive. And Jesus is not promising safe, trouble-free lives. β€œWhen you hide your face, they are terrified,” Psalm 104 reminds us.

I believe Jesus is calling us to observe how God the Father has ordered nature. To see what is true about God and us. The natural world does not worry. To be in their Creator’s hand in the present is enough. Nature can imagine nothing more or less. Of course, the difference for us is that the Creator gave us the ability to imagine beyond the present.

We live by more than instinct. This is a blessing and a curse. Worry creeps in through imagination. God gave birds wings; God gave us faith. And our imagination provides faith wings. We have the greater gift. Faith! Thus Jesus says, β€œAre you not much more valuable than they?” Yes, Jesus, we are. Please hear our prayer for faith and protection.

Thank you Pastor Eugene, for this beautiful, refreshing and insightful word. Love it! Brother and sisters, why worry? We have two choices when it comes to worrying. We can either hold onto it or give it to Jesus. We can cling to our anxiety and anxious thoughts, or we can cling to Jesus. We can worry ourselves to death, or we can TRUST in the Goodness and sovereignty of God and know that, no situation, no virus — nothing is outside of His control, Why? because we know a good gracious and faithful God who holds all of our tomorrows. Amen! God bless.πŸ’• Please comment below!❀

Blessings and Love. . . 😊 πŸ™ ❀

148 thoughts on “GUEST POST: WHY DON’T BIRDS WORRY?

  1. Wow, this is so inspiring! I was in the state of worrying over something and asked God for guidance. Upon waking up, this is the first thing I saw. I’m glad I read it and now I know God has answered my prayers. Thank you for sharing. Amen!

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  2. Amen

    1 Peter 5:7,Β NLT: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

    Peter’s words are a command. It is not God’s will for His children to continue to live under those burdens. Believing that God is mighty and cares for us should result in our regularly handing over our worries to Him.

    Pray you had a good Easter. God Bless You Richly. πŸ€—πŸ˜‡πŸ™β€

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  3. This reminds me of St. Francis of Assisi and his Sermon to the Birds and how he called them “My sweet little sisters, birds of the sky.” He spoke of gratitude for all God has provided them.
    I feed birds outside of y house everyday and his statue greets the birds and seems to be saying to them “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!”

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  4. Amen ! Trust, that right there we need to work on. Trusting when you don’t always know but knowing that God does and He loves us very much. Thank you for sharing this word of encouragement. God bless you and yours!

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  5. Birds, flowers, trees, butterflies, lightening bugs…all of these make me feel closer to Him and rejoice in Him! The Lord Who made all these intricate and carefree beauties for our enjoyment, will surely fulfill His GOOD plan and purpose for us! When the cares of this world press in, a jaunt outside sure helps!

    Amen! Thank you for the reminder!

    Peach

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  6. Hi GCD,

    Amen, yes we have the greater gifts and the higher risks. That requires us to tap in to the Lord or wing it.

    Thanks,

    Gary

    On Mon, Apr 13, 2020 at 12:35 AM The Godly Chic Diaries wrote:

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  7. Beautifully written Sir,
    True but i want to add that birds instead of worrying take responsibility of their lives and search for food daily, we humans are not restricted to searching our food, but encroach forest, eat wild animals, kill innocent birds and living creature for fun, greed and taste buds. over a period of time we have exploited nature, thus i feel nature is giving us time to think and asking us to take care of this nature.
    Amen

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  8. Thank you!! This is such an on time word and a reminder to have grater faith than worry. My faith depth will dilute my tendencies to worry! Be safe, healthy, and well!
    Peace,
    The journey flows…
    Zephany
    ~Thy Kingdom Come Ministry

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  9. Los lirios del campo – Mateus 6
    “Mirad los lirios del campo, cΓ³mo crecen no se fatigan ni hilan. Yo os aseguro que ni SalomΓ³n, en el esplendor de su gloria, se vistiΓ³ como uno de ellos. Si Dios viste asΓ­ la hierba de los campos, que hoy existe y maΓ±ana serΓ‘ echada al fuego, Β‘cuΓ‘nto mΓ‘s harΓ‘ por vosotros, hombres de poca fe!!

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  10. Sometimes we turn to undermind this verse. If God provides for birds, how much more us his children. Sometimes we go through thinking life and on the spot we forget this deep revelation of how precious we are to God. If birds are so precious to God that He wouldn’t allow them to go hungry, how much more are we to him? I can testify of the goodness of God that no matter what we going through, God is seeing us, He cares, He knows and will surely turn things around for our good.
    Such an inspirational message, i have been through it all 2019, this post just pushed me to testify that truly God cares, no matter the situation we need not to worry.
    I have been blessed.

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  11. Hey i have written you a mail about your brilliant blogs and creative writing. I am totally stunned that how true you write.
    I would be honoured if you could just go through my site. I have just started it though.

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  12. Such great reminders, here. I’ve been mulling this passage over a lot lately, and I’m so grateful for it. We have a bird feeder in our backyard and God has used it to remind me of just what you’re saying. I observe how He uses us to play a small part in feeding them and I am reminded that He owns all resources and will use anyone and anything He desires to care for us, all in His infinite goodness. What a beautiful God we serve…we truly have no reason to fret and worry, we are in such caring and infinitely resourceful hands.
    Blessings!

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