• Carrie McFerron

A Birdseed Blessing

I love to have my quiet time on our back porch. There’s just something about watching the birds flit and the squirrels play that motivates me to stay longer, spending more time with God.

So, this year, I decided to put a large bird feeder in the backyard to entice more birds to linger in our greenery…and just a few days after I set the feeder out, we had lots of new varieties of birds making themselves at home in our yard.

A couple of days ago, I was gardening within a few feet of our popular feeder. The birds were not happy. They indignantly swooped around me to let me know I was not welcome.

I was a little amused at the irony. These birds were unknowingly mistreating the provider of their new food source!

If the birds had realized I was their benefactor, they may have sung me a special song of thanks or flown their fledglings in formation in front of me to show me how I have helped them.

I wished I could have communicated with them to tell them I want the best for them. I want to make sure they are happy and healthy.

Then, I realized we do the same thing with God. When God moves in our lives, there is often some disruption that accompanies the activity.

We fret and fume, asking why is God letting this happen. But we should be focusing on how we can grow from the disruption. Sometimes it’s just a matter of needing to change our perspective, to think about all God has done for us.

We can learn a lot from birds.

Jesus uses them as an example in Matthew 6:26, “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?”

If you’ve ever maintained a birdfeeder in your yard, you know you have to be careful where you put it because birds tend to do little happy dances as they feed, spreading seed all over the place. If you’re not diligent about cleaning up those stray seeds, you’re likely to have all sorts of sprouts popping up in your flowerbed.

Birds spend their days innocently spreading seeds and pollen, as they go about their business, bringing their habitats to life and potentially sowing food for other creatures.

Isn’t that what we wish we could do?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be so invested in God that we spread His Word as a natural part of our days?

That’s what 1 Peter 3:15 reminds us to do:

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…

Unlike the birds in my backyard, we know the Source of all our blessings. So, we can’t claim ignorance as an excuse for being ungrateful when we question God about the life events that pop up and spoil our plans, even the hard ones. Nor should we pass up an opportunity to reflect Christ to others.

Colossians 4:5-6 says, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

We are blessed.

We should joyfully reflect those blessings.

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