I have been an avid bird lover since I learned that penguin parents sing to their young.
As a ‘songbird’ myself, that resonated deep within me.
I liked that love can be shown through a song.
As a child, i often wondered to myself who cared for all the wild birds I enjoyed soaring across the sky, nesting in the trees and flocking around.
That question gave me a swift shove after I became a believer as a young adult, and first read Matthew 6.
I am called to live carefree.
Nor carefree without consideration for others, but carefree in the ability not to worry.
Because I am covered under His wings, safe in His embrace, completely cared for by the God who loves me.
And the birds we all see about us remind me of that truth almost every day.
If birds are cared for, all their needs are met and they are able to chirp, fly, nest as birds are meant to do because of His care….why do we tend to think He would care less for us?
As a mom and wife, I have a tendency to make sure my kids and hubby are well taken care of before meeting my own needs.
That is a characteristic of our heavenly Father we reflect here on earth, when we care for our loved ones.
He’s a good good Father.
It’s who He is.
Not chooses to be, but intrinsically part of His very nature.
So when we read verses about living carefree in His care? He wants is to take Him literally.
For God doesn’t lie.
If He says He is caring for us, He is.
If He says we are of great value to Him, we are.
You don’t offer up your son as a sacrifice for people you don’t care about.
You give your best for those you adore, don’t you? On their birthday, graduation, Christmas?
God gave His very best on a regular day, because He knew we would need to know He cares about all our days, not just the religious ones.
Just as every bird is under His watch, so is the rest of creation.
But the pinnacle of His love is found in the ones He made in His image.
You and me.
We are the ones He cares so much for He made sure His heart of love and all the actions it inspired was recorded. A living testimony to the God of life who allowed Himself to be recorded within the Word.
In snapshots of promise, hope, purpose, love and care.
His love in action, caring for us all.
He not only shows us how much He loves us, He reminds us how much He longs to take our cares upon His shoulders and shoulder the load for us.
Every care we have matters to Him, because all of us matter to Him. All our hopes, dreams, worries, concerns…. He cares about it all.
So I don’t have to carry my cares all upon my shoulders.
He calls me to bring what I care about to Him, and allow Him to carry it for me, so I can live carefree in His care.
His love is so great for me, He not only rescued me but He holds my cares for me.
He paid a weight of love to redeem me from my sin, and carries the weight of my cares so I can be free to follow Him without worry.
Does that mean I never worry?
I can honestly say, I don’t worry as long as I used to.
God made this verse come alive to me about 15 years ago and each year I take shorter and shorter the length of time to bring my cares to His waiting hands.
I am loved by You.
It’s who I am.
Completely cared for in the safety of Your love.
May God give you too a revelation of His love for you. May it awaken within you like the song you were meant to sing. May you remove the weight of your cares, and allow Him to carry them, and you, as you follow Him into the wide open spaces of grace He has waiting for you.