Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Birds of the Air

Last week we had an unusually cold couple of days threatening ice and snow that wonderfully led to school getting out a little bit early and the next day off.

Now we are not big pet people but we do have a cat. Her name is Sid. Sid is far from a kitten. She is 13 years old. We have had her since she was a tiny kitten. She started out as an inside cat but after quite some time she decided to start pretending my carpet behind my couch was her litter box. After leaving me a few surprises there she became an outside cat and has remained that way since. Todd however is so softhearted that when it is really cold outside he insists that she come in. I, although not as softhearted as him where that is concerned, still am not a cruel person so when it is REALLY REALLY cold, I agree with him and we let her in. Last week was one such instance.

She slept on each bed and enjoyed the warmth. I did not enjoy being wakened as with a newborn several times during the night. Todd got up to feed her at each meowing session. (As if she normally gets fed each night all during the night.)
Anyway this is not a complaining fest so I will move on.

The next morning I woke up and made coffee. I was looking out the window at the trees across the way that were beginning to look white with ice. I love the look of the trees and the sound of the trees covered in ice. I was wondering how much of it we would get and just reflecting. I saw the birds there under our magnolia tree in the back yard. Several of them were all scurrying around searching for breakfast. Sipping my coffee I looked down at my cat all warm and cozy in the kitchen, almost smiling at me. The birds though, were still out in the elements.

No scarves
No sweaters
Not even any fur
Just a few feathers

I thought about that scripture in Matthew 6:26 "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 more than they?"

There they were.
Those birds outside in the cold
Gathering their food
God providing

My cat was nice and warm inside because we gathered her up from the cold and brought her inside. But the birds had noone to gather them into a warmer place. God however provided for them, their need. Am I not worth much more than they?

Yes I am. The Bible tells me so!

The birds did fine in the cold. God provided their need.
However He did allow the cold to come.
He did allow that snow to fall.
He did allow that ice to form on the trees.
Yet in it all He did provide. Just like He will do for me and for you.
Everything in our lives will not always be sunshine.
There will be cold times. Snowfall. Or even ICE.
But God will be our warmth.
He will be our comfort.
Our Provider

I found that soothing, even inspiring.

Thank you God for your great love


Anonymous said...

Beautiful post....beautiful photo of redbird on icy tree!
You are a super photographer! Love you. Mama

Beth said...

Several times last week I looked out my back door and noticed the birds also. They were so pretty in the middle of all the ice. Oh and that is hilarious about Todd getting up to feed the cat!

Calley said...

What an awesome picture!! :))Also, awesome post- God takes such good care of us...

Cristi said...

I must confess that I did not take that photograph. If you will notice in the bottom corner the photographers name is there. I did have a picture of a bird in the ice from previous years but couldnt find it. So I got one from the internet. :)

scarves said...

Scarves Scarves
These pictures really beautiful, in which station to collect it?Oh darling,what happy images. loved them.