Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Insanely Beautiful

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6: 26)

I like to get up early on Saturday mornings when the weather is nice, make a cup of coffee or tea, and sit outside to contemplate the beauty of nature. Sometimes I read my Bible or a devotional. Sometimes I pray for my family and friends. Sometimes I think about my plans for the day. But mostly I just sit and enjoy the peacefulness of a quiet, lovely morning.

This past Saturday, I watched two groups of birds. Some were ravens. They made a feast of the leftover French fries and a bit of burger that someone had scattered on the asphalt the night before.

Then a smaller sparrow came. He watched the ravens, but kept his polite distance until they were through. When the ravens left, the sparrow brought his friends. They made their feast of some nut casings and birdfeed my neighbors threw out to them.

It occurred to me that the old saying is true—She eats like a bird—because most of the fries and birdfeed still remained after the ravens and sparrows finished their meal and moved on. I thought then that the ants would eventually come by and cart some of the food home to their anthills.

And that’s when I realized something: God doesn’t let anything go to waste. Everything in nature has its use.

I have a friend, Andrell, who says something along these lines when she encourages people. She says that God knows exactly what He is doing, so if you’re feeling like you need a Plan B, God not only has you covered, but it will be great. He makes all things beautiful in His time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

God designed this world so that everything in it—everything He made—has a purpose. The squirrels eat the nuts, and the birds eat the nut casings. When they have eaten, the ants and other bugs come and feast. Even the rotting leftovers don’t sit for long before ravens and other carrions feed on them.

Even rotten stuff has a purpose.

Isn’t that insanely beautiful? What a reassurance! Nothing in your life, good or bad, is going to go to waste, especially when you allow God to make something beautiful from it in His time. He is entirely capable of doing this, as a morning watching birds and ants can show you.

So let go of the worries about your life. Don’t be concerned about the messes. Simply trust that God will clean things up with the laws and universe He has already set in motion and designed to do exactly that for you. He’ll make your life beautiful in His time.

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