Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Spring Renewel

A mother bird had built a nest under the eaves of our deck roof. I could see her from my kitchen window meticulously placing each twig to make a comfortable place for her babies. Her and her mate had scoped out the area and picked this as the location of their nest, the perfect place for their babies to be born. I thought about how awesome God is. The instinct He gave the birds and animals to know where to make their homes and how to care for their young. They simply trust God to provide for their every need.

The nest was removed from under my deck. I was sad when it was no longer there, and missed watching the mother bird as she came to sit on her nest. Where would she go and what would she do now? God then reminded me that He would care for her. Psalm 104:27 & 28 says, "These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things." God is so wonderful.

As I read Psalm 104 I am reminded that the earth and everything in it is God's. Nature and all its beauty are His creation. He said to me "You think you care about this mother bird and her babies. I was there when she hatched out of the egg. I was there when she first took flight. Men say they love nature and care about it, but how can they care so deeply about what they have not created. I put everything in its place and I watch over it all". Psalm 104:5 says "He set the earth on its foundations: it can never be moved." The awesome power of God is witnessed just by observing nature in all its beauty and wonder, and there is no one who cares for it as much as God.

I think about mother bird again. How God cares for her and provides for her. How much more does God care for us. Jesus said in Matthew 10:29-31 "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

As you go about your day take the time to look around you at the beauty of God's creation. No matter what the season we can enjoy the beauty of nature. Be encouraged as you look around you that if God took such great care in creating the earth, the love and care He gives the animals and flowers, He will care for you all the more. Of all the seasons I think spring is my favorite. It is a time of renewal, things returning to life after the long cold winter. Psalm 104:30 says "When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth". Whatever you are going through let the Spirit of God renew you. Read Psalm 104 this week and rest in the comfort of God's great care.

Love In Christ,
Kim Ratcliffe

1 comment:

  1. I love what God spoke to you about how can we care so deeply about what we had not created. Wow what authority God has when He says "I put everything in its place and I watch over it all". Thanks for sharing it!