Sunday, May 17, 2009

For The Birds...

So, Friday morning was the 15th of the month, which meant it was time to pick a new verse to memorize. (If you're new here, I am doing the LPM challenge to memorize a new scripture every two weeks.) The first thing that popped into my brain was "what about that bird verse that you sort of memorized a few years ago". Yeah, I am really deep like that.

The "bird verse" was from Matthew and had something to do with not worrying about what you eat or your body and you can't....um...well that was kind of how I had it memorized!! So, I filed that thought away and went on with my day. Later I opened my front door and this is no joke - there were two baby birds sitting on some leaves on my sidewalk (right in front of my door) that started opening their little beaks to me for food!! Wow, how cool is that. Hmmm, wonder if God is trying to tell me something. Can you believe I still was not convinced that I was to memorize those verses?!

Friday was the day that my bonus daughter graduated from college in Texas. The kids were supposed to go, but the timing just didn't allow them to be away from school. And I wasn't able to travel because of this pesky illness. Anyway, P's mom let me know that we could watch a live stream of the graduation on the computer. Awesome! So we sat down and started watching. Soon it was time for the president of the university to make his speech. He started by saying that he wanted to read a few words that Jesus had given to us...

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 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?" (Matthew 6:25-26)

THE BIRDS!!!!

Okay, Lord, I get it. You would really like me to KNOW these words. These are not just words, these are words that Jesus Christ spoke!! As I thought back to those baby birds at my front door and realized that GOD knew THEIR needs. Those tiny little creatures in Michigan were known by the creator of the universe!! If He takes care of them - well, of course, He will take care of me. He knows my needs. He longs to be the meeter of my needs. I am valuable to Him. You are valuable to Him.

Isn't that just mind blowing? Maybe I am the only one excited about this but I need to know that I do not ever leave the mind of God. His eyes are always upon me.

I do not want to spend my life worrying. It's a waste of time. It's not His will for my life. I want to be like those baby words...fully expecting that He will feed me. Arms, heart, mind WIDE open to receive what HE has to give!


23 comments:

UL Cards Fan said...

Sheryl,
You are DEFINITELY NOT the only one excited about this. Thanks for listening to God and then sharing it with the rest of us. Love you, Linda

stephanie said...

I'm excited with you. God is so good.

Leslie said...

Isn't it funny the ways which God chooses when He has to keep hitting us over the head about something? He must feel like we do when we've asked our children for the millionth time to do something! (Do you think He screams and has veins popping out of His neck as he does so?)

JMBMOMMY said...

Wow! Great story of God's persistence with us!!! I love that verse by the way.

Heather of the EO said...

WOW WOW and WOW!!!

Yes, I think it's possible you are supposed to memorize those words. God is so cool.

And no, you're not the only one excited. :)

Faye said...

My sweet Sheryl,Thank-u for sharing this!As always you are such a blessing to me!Have a great day!

Farmgirl Paints said...

That scripture always humbles me and makes me feel safe. I love birds, so the reference to them is wonderful. Our God is a big God. He really does care about every little detail of our lives and He's got it covered. Thanks for the great reminder.

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

That is amazing my friend! I never ceased to be amazed at His love for us shown through the details. That is one of my all time favorite verses. May we all remember how much He cares for us and will take care of us.

Tanya said...

As Leslie said in her comment, it is funny the ways which God chooses to tell us or remind us of things. He has used YOUR blog to tell me lots of things -- so often when I'm struggling with something you will reference it in a post.... your timing is impeccable -- or should I say HIS timing is impeccable? Thank you for "delivering" His messages to me!

Vikki said...

AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!

Under the Florida Sun said...

What a great post.
The Lord is always reminding me that when I'm worrying I'm not trusting..

Thanks for the encouragement this day!

christy rose said...

I just stopped over from Faye's and I am glad that I did. I really enjoyed reading your post this morning. You made me smile and remember how much that God loves me and you and everyone. :)

I will be back to visit again.

Christy

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

I LOVE this post...I LOVE the scripture you are memorizing..and I LOVE you!!

Worry...it's such a powerful word..that really does nothing more than hold us hostage. Hostage to the 'what if's' that often...never happen.

Thanks for encouraging me today..we all have those things we worry about...and for me, today..I'm choosing to rest..and believe...because I KNOW how much he cares for me....

Just a little something from Judy said...

This is the best!! I love it!! I once had a teacher who would tell us each day, "that worry is assuming responsibility that God never intended us to have.". How peaceful my heart becomes, when I really believe this, what you shared today, to be true. Thank you my friend for the kind reminder for my day.

Jenn @ A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

I love these type of nudges from God! They are awesome and amazing!

Mary said...

Sheryl,
May you never,NEVER stop writing, even though I have! We all need what God puts on your heart. I have been reading right along but have not written any comments for some time. And I feel confident that others are doing the same. But for those that do leave comments, I add my thanks for all that you share.

love, mary

He And Me + 3 said...

That is awesome. I love how the Lord just confirms things for us. Guess that is the scripture huh? I love that passage.

beyond this moment said...

Don't you just love it when God catches you up and won't let you go until you get what He's trying to tell you? It's a great passage, and yes, it is definitely something to be excited about.

My passage for the challenge is also kind of birdy. Or at least it mentions His wings.
Blessings,
Bethany

Cindy said...

Great verse!

Sometimes it take us just a little longer to realize when God is speaking and not us.

Thank you for sharing this story.

Blessings, Cindy

Pam said...

mind blown with you sister!! HE IS AMAZING!! AMEN!

Technonana said...

What a great Post!! Isn't it mindbogling when we stop to think about How much Our Amazing God loves us?
And I love the fact that the President of this college shared CHRIST'S WORDS! Totally awesome!!

nancygrayce said...

A very reassuring verse! God cares for us.

Kim said...

Sheryl,

I haven't commented on here for a while but this was really encouraging to read.

I hope things are well with you.

Love and blessings,

Kim