I left the grocery store sticker-shocked. Eating healthy is not cheap.
As I put my cart away and double-checked my receipt, I worried that the groceries wouldn’t last until my next paycheck. Then something stopped me in my tracks. At least a dozen sparrows were flitting about, resting on carts and eating from bales of hay.
I must have stood there for five minutes; I couldn’t pull myself away. It was beautiful to see the sparrows relish in God’s provision.
Matthew 6:26 came to mind: “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?” (New International Version).
As I picked up my bags, I realized that in my hands was a perfect example of God’s continual provision that I so often fail to recognize. I am quick to see myself as the supplier, yet how beautiful it would be to rely on my true Provider, worry-free.
What joy it must bring Him to watch us enjoy the bounty of His harvest. I bet He can’t pull Himself away.
As the mother of small children, I nursed a familiar feeling of dread each morning. I found time early in the morning to be alone with God. Somehow, my discipline became an exercise in making myself worthy of entering God’s presence. One day, God interrupted my efforts.
Morbid as it may seem, autumn really is about death. And God repeats this pattern in you and me.
Why doubt is not necessarily a road-block to deep faith.
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