“Birds have wings; they’re free. They can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy.”
— Roger Tory Peterson
Free. It sounds so whimsical, energizing, dreamy. To get up and go wherever we want, whenever we want. To live life on whim without a care in the world. To live so simply our things don’t hold us down. Bills, cars, school loans, entertainment, shopping – our lives become so filled up with these responsibilities that it leaves little room for much else. Many of us, me included, do not even have the freedom to be free.
We are always busy, rushing through our lives, meeting deadlines and hurrying off to the next thing to accomplish. Before I had my daughter, I was always stressed about work, my house, my life. I hardly knew how to relax, how to enjoy a moment without my mind worrying about something else. But I don’t need to.
The passage below from Matthew is the perfect reminder that God takes care of His children. If He can take care and provide for the smallest, freest of birds, of course He will take care of us. While we may never sell everything we own and live off the land, trying to have a more free spirit can make us kinder, relax our minds, slow down our lives and allow us to enjoy it. When in doubt, look up to the birds and know you will be taken care of.
“Do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and ye your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”
— Matthew 6:25-26