In mid-July a mother duck brought her ducklings to the area around Central Church of Christ. The church secretary, the ministers, and a few other members feed them, are watching them grow and preen, and we hold our breath as they cross the busy road. When we are not feeding them, they look for insects in the grass.
This morning as I watched them cross the parking lot (I think they were wanted us to see them and bring them food – it worked) I thought about something our Lord said in Matthew 6:
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Mat 6:25-26
In our nation there is unrest. There are riots in the streets. There is violence in neighborhoods. There is political fighting in our capitol. There is fear and frustration over COVID19 and the way local, state, and federal government is responding. Some argue that government is overstepping and other say that government is not doing enough. There are storms that came ashore along the Gulf Coast overnight damaging property and threatening lives. We could mention unemployment, physical needs, and so much more.
The news is enough to depress the most optimistic of people. If it were not for the Providence of God, we would all be in dire straits. Read the last line of Matthew 6:26 again, “Are you not of more value than they?”
Father, thank You for the Ducks of Central and reminding me that Your care for them is a picture of Your care for me. In Jesus’ name.
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And His care for us protects our lives even when this life is beyond protection. Our lives are hid with God in Christ.