November 18: Careless In the Care of God

Read Matthew 6:25-34

“Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds” (v. 26, The Message).

To be careless in the care of God. Doesn’t that sound like a lovely state of being?

I lived in the middle of a European city a few years ago. So did a lot of pigeons. We could see them almost everywhere we went. Often they were perched together on a rooftop waiting for whatever it is birds wait for. Sometimes they would fly down to the ground in search of crumbs or trash. Mostly, though, the pigeons would just sit there, wherever they were.

Nowhere to go, I imagine. Nowhere except anywhere. That’s what I find so amazing about pigeons.

They’ll go where the food is, without worrying about where they might find the next crumb. They have this innate calm that just knows their Maker’s going to provide enough. It’s a trust that enables them to gather on a rooftop on a sunny Saturday afternoon and hang out with a bunch of other birds.

I consider this about pigeons, and I think I’d like to try it. What would it be like to just know that my Maker cares enough about me to provide for every next moment? To be where I am, not worrying about where I need to go next or about where I will find my next piece of sustenance to get me through whatever awaits me around the bend.

To hang out on rooftops all bold and waiting for whatever food He shows me and then to fly down and grab it just as soon as I see it. Not a moment too soon. Not an instant too late.

Pigeons don’t seek God, but they don’t worry, either. Matthew tells us that seeking God can replace worrying about stuff.

When we are busy seeking God, setting our minds on His things, earnestly and honestly searching out the things of Him — His face, His will, His ways — we will be well taken care of. We will be too busy seeking Him to be worried about the stuff He’s already taking care of.

If a pigeon can do it, so can we.


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