May 11, 2018
Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?– Luke 12:24
Pastries are one of my favorite foods, and I do not mind traveling a long way to find a store that makes them exactly the way I like. I found some muffins that were especially tasty at a little pastry shop near where I used to work, and although it was about a mile and a half away from my current worksite, I would take the pains of walking down there to get what I desired.
The Lord used one of these trips to teach me a lesson that has stayed with me. One day at lunchtime, I had decided to visit the pastry shop, and after buying some muffins I sat down in a nearby park to enjoy my treats. After a while, I noticed that pigeons had started gathering, just waiting to pick up crumbs that might fall as I ate. Looking at them, I felt privileged and thankful to God for providing my needs. I thought to myself that those pigeons must live a miserable life, having to always depend on another for their next meal.
While I was mentally bemoaning the plight of the pigeons, God spoke directly to my heart by asking whether I had considered that He might have brought me all the way there just to feed the pigeons! I was reminded of Jesus’ teaching about anxiety in Luke 12:6, where He asks, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?” I humbly learned the meaning of total dependence on God. I realized that those pigeons depended on God for their every need, and He cared about them so much that He was willing to let me walk over a mile and spend my money just so they would not go hungry.
As I walked back to the office, God had changed my point of view. I no longer thought that the pigeons were miserable; instead, I thought they were blessed because they did not have to walk the long distance I did in order to enjoy those tasty muffins! I asked God to help me remember the lesson: that I could depend solely on Him. If God could provide for those pigeons, He will definitely do much more than that for us.
As we go through life, let us always consider the ravens and remember that we are much more valuable than fowls! God will take care of His own.