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I sat outside for a while this morning. Just in silence. Thanking. Praying. Planning. Trying to let my mind go black. Trying to listen. In case I was missing something. But you know when you sit outside the silence isn’t really silent. My wind chime plays its own low ringing melody. The trees whisper in the breeze. The squirrels yell at each other. Presumably because they are hogging the good nuts. And the birds. The birds. They are SO loud today. Screeching and singing and calling to one another. Not a care in the world these birds. They are just so happy to be alive on this beautiful sunny day. And then that’s where my mind went. These birds don’t worry about anything. They aren’t worried about getting the Corona. They aren’t worried that their loved ones might get sick. They aren’t worried that they could be putting their lives in danger every time they go to the grocery store. They aren’t worried that they can’t give their friends a hug. Or that the people they love are so far away.
Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Luke 12:24 …Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not Abe to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
Maybe it’s not profound. Maybe it won’t impact you as it has impacted me. But the world is crazy right now. It is scary. And a lot of us are all alone. We are separated from our communities, our loved ones, our friends… And in this aloneness, it is so easy to be scared. To over think. But go outside. Listen to the birds sing. They aren’t worried. And you…you are more valuable to God than a bird. He’s got this whole big crazy thing under control. Even if we can’t see it. He is working in this silence. Lean into the silence. Lean into the stillness. And listen.
Listen to the birds.