God’s Great Provision

Walking out in the landscape of God’s creation is like taking a stroll in God’s schoolroom.

One of God’s great lessons comes from looking at the birds. Jesus said,

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 6:26 NIV

One of the greatest lessons we learn from the birds is God’s great provision for us. But when you watch the birds out in God’s creation you see more depth to this truth. And you see how trust in God for His provision never means passive resignation, but hopeful expectation.

I was walking just after sunrise by a small lake with my camera and my bird lens – I call it my bird lens because it’s a long telephoto lens that gives me the greatest reach to catch the beauty of the birds with my camera. And what a show the Lord gave me that morning. To my right was a great egret. Then I looked to my left and saw a great blue heron. And swimming in front of me I saw two mallard ducks. “Look at the birds,” Jesus said. And so I watched these birds. Here’s what I noticed. They were not just sleeping under a tree expecting food to drop in front of them. The egret and heron were both continuously walking back and forth by the shore of the water looking for food. The mallard ducks were swimming back and forth across the surface of the lake. They were all working hard for sustenance. And yet, all were dependent on God for survival.

I learned something important watching these birds.

We trust our Lord by faith for everything we need. And we work hard, using our gifts and wisdom to do all we know to do, following God’s lead, relying on His strength and making the most of His opportunities by His grace. Paul encourages us in our work when he says, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Colossians 3:23-24). As we work heartily and trust God for His provision, God opens amazing doors when we least expect it. He supplies all we need through incredible provision, sometimes from unexpected sources. And sometimes He does lead us to wait, as He works everything together for His good and His glory. But through it all, we are abounding in the work of the Lord and making the most of every opportunity (1 Corinthians 15:58, Ephesians 5:16). And we hope in Him – holding on with patient expectation.

When Jesus spoke of the birds, He pointed out how God feeds those birds, though they do not sow, reap or even store their food in barns. The point He made is how valuable we are to the Lord in comparison. He said, “Are you not much more valuable than they?” Dear friend, today you need to know more than anything how valuable you are to the Lord. You have a great need and you are wondering how it will be met. In the heat of the battle, don’t ever doubt God’s love for you. Don’t stop or give up or waste a single moment worrying just because an obstacle of need or even want stands in the middle of the road you are traveling on. Never define God’s character or ways by what is happening – only trust what God says about Himself and you in His Word. Grab the Bible and find out what He says. Jesus has said it here – you are valuable to God – that means you are a treasure to Him. He loves you. He promises to care for you and provide for you. Never doubt it for a second. I learn from these birds even in times of need or difficulty to keep on doing what God has given me to do. And do it heartily, as unto the Lord. Ask Him for wisdom and follow His leading and guidance. Stay close to Him and He will show me and provide for me every step of the way.

So dear friend, learn a lesson from the birds, make the most of every opportunity, do your work heartily, trust that God loves you with an everlasting love, and depend on Him to provide for you every step of the way.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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  • Title: God’s Great Provision
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  • Description: Mallard duck calmly gliding across a lake in Palm Desert, CA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 04/04/14
  • Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikon 80-400 mm, 1/250, f5.6, ISO 640.
  • Photoshoot: Early morning quiet time PhotoShoot in Palm Desert, CA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software.
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