Just before the cold, snow, and ice came our way, I was looking through some things and came across a bag of bird seed I had forgotten about. So, I go out to the storage building to get the bird feeder and set it out. Normally there is a lot of traffic around this feeder throughout the spring and summer months. Now that it’s winter not so much traffic.
I was looking out the window this morning as I heard something rustling in the leaves. I saw male and female Cardinals. They were both enjoying the little treat I had left outside. The sight got me to thinking about a time I was meeting with a few friends early one morning. We were praying over needs in our lives. As we prayed, I could hear the birds singing and I reminded the guys that God takes care of the birds we could hear – how much more will he tend to our needs. We must trust him and lay all of our concerns at his feet for he cares for us (Matthew 6:26).
I set the bird seed out over a week ago. I have seen these Cardinals sitting on the fence some 50 feet away from the bird feeder on several occasions. I thought to myself (as if I were talking to them) there is food over here under this window.
Isn’t that like God? Everyday he provides for us. His provision is there. Sometimes it’s right in front of us and we see it right away. Somethings in life come to us through much seeking, looking, asking, knocking, etc. But when we find that which we are searching, our Heavenly Father is looking out the window at us with a smile on his face, with great pleasure, saying, “You have found it.”
We all go through tough and bitter-cold seasons of life. Seasons of searching for answers to troubling times. Paul writes in I Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
These verses are not always the easiest thing to do – especially when faced with overwhelming circumstances. I know I’ve been there… even now I seek and search and lay those things that are heavy on my heart and I rejoice because I know He cares and His Spirit comforts me.
In Psalm 84, the writer is longing to be able to worship in the courts of the LORD. To physically be in this place of worship. “Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young.” (v.3-4) He is reminded of being there in this place of worship and seeing these birds there and how he longed to be in the presence of God just as he knew those birds are. But even more than his longing to be in the courts of God, in prayer, he longed for the living God himself.
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and a shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you! (Psalm 84:10-12)
Find rest, comfort, and warmth as you trust in the Lord today… may you find the presence of the Lord himself.