Lessons From A Hummingbird

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:19

It was Billy Graham who once said, “Heaven is full of answers to prayers that have yet to be prayed.” May that be an encouragement to each of us to pray today! In Matthew chapter 6 Jesus reminds us that His Father is very mindful of us at any given moment in time when he said in verse 8, “…for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!” The Father doesn’t just know what we need today, He knows exactly what we need!

Read further on down in Matthew 6:25-29 where Jesus goes on to say, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t 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? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.”
Every time I read this passage above I am reminded of the hummingbird feeder that my wife has on our patio. Every couple of days she has to fill this giant feeder with homemade nectar. There are so many birds lined up to feed it looks like the last truck stop on I-5 for 47 miles as those little birds come from who knows where and suck that thing dry. As they eat I enjoy a satisfaction that even though it’s my wife filling up the feeder, its God who promised to care of the birds. My heart is always encouraged as I watch them feed because I am reminded that God has promised to take care of you and me too.

Here are a couple of things to think about today. Lessons I have learned from our bird feeder. First Jesus makes clear you are valuable to God, and that you matter to Him and He is very much aware of you. Second, Jesus says that His Father will take care of you because He knows what you need. You’ll notice there are no strings attached. There is however an invitation to pray casting all of our cares upon Him not worrying how God is going to provide for us or the method He might use to meet our needs. Just rest today knowing because He loves you, He will.

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Luke 11:9-10


Michael Osthimer




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