I have tenants. Well, more like squatters.
I kinda, sorta, knew they were here when I first moved in, but it became extremely evident when one almost attacked me (at least that’s what I think almost happened) and when I noticed a tiny bed for their kids.
Yes, it’s true, I have birds living in my house. Ok, maybe not in my house, but they have made a twig-weaved nest that’s comfortably positioned on the ledge, just outside of my bedroom’s window. Some mornings I hear them tweeting their plans for the day and I’ve tried to scare them by tapping (more like banging) on the window. Yet, they keep returning–day and night–to their rent free home.
As I sat outside today, I watched them fly to and from the window. At first, I was trying to figure out how to kick them out (without doing them any harm, of course) but then I became intrigued. One of the birds kept bringing strings, twigs–just random pieces of junk back to the window to add to another nest it’s constructing. I was instantly awestruck because of the ingenuity and the care in which they built these nest; which are intricate and strong, when you examine them closely.
Then, this scripture came to mind:
Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious [perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into bars, yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life?
Matthew 6:25-27 AMP
These birds that are perched on my window– God provided them with a place to put their nest. Not only that, but he made available to them some fallen twigs and some string, someone probably haphazardly threw away, as resources to build a home.
AND none of my bird tenants look like they missed a meal, they are rather plump (I’m just saying, but I digress).
In a world were it seems like everything is uncertain, I am grateful for this gentle reminder that God will provide. Unfortunately, I sometimes get so wrapped up in making sure my needs and my wants are met, that the weight of my worry keeps my attention diverted from this fact.
Being a one-income household amplifies the worry of not having enough. I need to have the essentials, I need to have the “just-in-cases”, and I want to give my son as many of his wants as I can ( and throw a few in for myself). As my list grows longer, oftentimes I don’t see how I will be able to keep my head above water with all my responsibilities—all this adulting.
(Photo: "Testimony Tribal Tee")
The Lord always has a way of bringing me back to His reality and this time, He used something as small as a bird to do it. I do not have to worry about my life–absolutely nothing about it. If I am operating in obedience (convicted), in His wisdom (convicted, again)–I’m good. If we continue to read in Matthew 6, it says just that:
So do not worry, saying, ‘what shall we eat?’ or ‘what shall we drink?’ or ‘what shall we wear?’ for the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. BUT SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all these things will be given to you as well.
I am constantly challenged by the reminder to seek His kingdom first. Even though that has been extremely difficult these last few months, I’m encouraged by the little flock of birds living in my window, to leave my cares at his feet. Because like a bird, He’s got me.
BUT…the birds…are still getting evicted.
Originally Posted on June 8, 2017