Once upon a time, in a land not far from wherever you’re reading this, two birds were sitting on a branch. There they were, chattering joyfully about where to find the crunchiest seeds and the juiciest worms, when suddenly, their peace was broken by the sound of angry voices approaching.
The birds fell silent and looked toward the source of the voices. Walking down the path was a human couple. The humans were squabbling loudly and and arguing with each other about about their current and future plans. A hush fell over the forest as the humans’ bickering filled the air.
Eventually, the humans (and their noise) left, and the forest came back to life. One bird turned to the other and chirped, “I wonder why they were worrying so much? I guess they don’t have a heavenly Father like we do!”
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” – Matthew 6:25-26
[Adapted from “Finding Security in God as a Father,” by Zac Poonen.]