Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry
about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will
wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than
clothes.Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they
have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable
you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your
life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about
the rest? –Luke 12:22-26 NIV
Dear Page Turners,
A little goldfinch visited today. I am quite sure she tapped on my window a year ago, her strange behavior still the same. She was more interested in what happens inside our home than anything outside. She sat, looking directly at me, tilting her head. Then she landed on the sill for closer inspection. Neither the barking dog nor the kids frighten her away.
My little friend is a love note from God. Love notes are moments when God does something that wows me. I’ve received many of them throughout the years, but this was extra special because it reached through the haze I walk through these days and stirred my heart. My problems are deep and multi-layered, but God’s is faithful.
She sat there looking at me and declaring with every little twitch of her
head. “He loves you, he values you, and he is providing for you.” She
spent about an hour with me her last visit, but I easily dismissed the visit as
a passing “interesting” moment until she returned today.
How quickly I forgot He loves me when the mess of the year’s problems seemed insurmountable. The little finch’s appearance as I walked into the office caught my attention. God reminded me to hope. He knew I struggled in my exhaustion to look at his many provisions for my family, so he made his promise clear through my little feathered illustration.
Are you soured by circumstances? Cynical about the knowledge that God is
good because all you see and feel is bad? Do you frantically scramble to fix
whatever is wrong in your life? Come to the window with me. Look at a little
bird whose only thought today was to serve her master in a big way.
May I be a little bird for you. Tapping on your heart to remind God sees and values you, and he is very much in the midst of your loneliness, your despair, and your prayers.