A tiny bird out the back window reminded me this morning of the Father’s care. I love birds, and felt so bad for that brave little guy. His tiny feet resting lightly on the snow’s surface. Pecking at the plants under the roof eaves. The only things not buried by snow.
“Don’t worry, I care for the birds,” a gentle whisper came. And my mind went to today’s reading. Don’t worry the Lord says. For just as he clothes the flowers and feeds the birds, he will also care for us.
Yet, we often do fret and worry, don’t we? We wonder how to get by or how we’ll pay the bills. And we strive to have money in the bank, a secure job, and a sturdy home, all paid for. All good and necessary things, to be sure.
But security is really only a shaky illusion. Natural disasters wipe homes away all the time. People show up for work, only to be let go. And money, well it often has a way of vanishing into thin air, doesn’t it?
The only real security we’ll ever find is in seeking after the right things. The lasting things of God’s kingdom.
And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. — Luke 12:29-31
“You don’t need to worry over these things,” Christ says, “Just tend to my work. Seek me. Give to the poor. Go after true riches that are never destroyed. If you put my kingdom first, I’ll make sure you have all of life’s necessities.”
Money is essential in this life, but it cannot bring true riches. It can, however, help us do God’s work of easing pain and helping the needy, as in the following story.
“A Queen of Sweden, in a spirit of the noblest self-sacrifice, sold her jewels to provide for her people hospitals, orphanages, and convalescent homes, such as we possess in this country. Visiting on one occasion in person a convalescent home of her own founding, a poor bed-ridden woman thanked her for her kindness and her care. As she spoke one or more tears of gratitude fell on the queen’s hand, who was sitting by her side. The queen sweetly said, as she saw the glittering tokens of a thankful heart, ‘God is sending me my jewels back again.’ — The Biblical Illustrator
Thank you Lord, for your constant provision and care. But help us, please, to keep our eyes on your kingdom and seek it first. Grant us generous hearts that share the riches you supply, by using them to ease hardness and bring light into dark places.
Over to you:
Are you seeking the kingdom? Or searching for security in this world’s riches? Do you worry, fret, and hoard? Or do share your riches to help others and spread his kingdom, knowing that he will always supply your need?
Our heart will always be where our riches are. Money and earthly treasures can never bring real security, longer life, or true happiness. But if we treat them as both necessities and blessings to share, we’ll gain all the riches of God’s kingdom. And in the process, also find the security and happiness we long for.