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  • Wednesday, September 19, 2007

    My Burden And The Birds

    Sometimes God gives us something to share with others. The following is a devotion written by my friend and fellow writer Sharon Lynn. It's a love letter from Jesus.

    Yesterday I decided to have a serious meeting with God. I arranged some extra pillows on my bed, got my Bible, my journal, and then plopped into the fluff. I told God it was over! This anxiety had to go! I didn’t want to be anxious anymore. It was sucking the life out of me. I told him I really wanted to hear from him on this—about how to be rid of my burden of worry.

    With so many precarious situations in my family…not to mention stressful eruptions, and sudden changes of direction, my strength was waning. I felt like the character in my son’s computer game who has fought so many battles his health points are almost gone.

    So I told God I really needed his help. Could he please speak to me? That’s when God reminded me about the birds. Now I have read about the birds in Matthew 6 many times. But this time the passage really jumped out at me.

    "Look at the birds of the air."

    Okay Lord, I’ll go outside and look at the birds.

    "They do not sow or reap."

    You’re right, Lord. They just swoop down and pluck snacks out of the grass.

    "They don’t store anything away in barns."

    They certainly don’t seem to be worrying about the future.

    "They don’t need to. I take care of them one day at a time."

    Are you saying you will take care of my needs, one day at a time, too?

    "You are more valuable to me than a bird."

    Thank you. Will you take care of my family’s needs too?

    "Yes, and you won’t add a single hour to your life by being anxious."

    I’ll try to be more like the birds.


    I wish I could fly.

    "Seek first the kingdom of God and you will fly, just like they do."(Matthew 6: 26-27;33)