Recently I was mulling over a difficult situation while I was mowing the lawn. Black birds I think called swallows were circling me, apparently dive bombing the bugs I was stirring up. The swallows distracted me from what I was worrying about. Have you dealt with anything recently that makes you say, “this is nuts, this is stupid, this is frustrating, this is hopeless, this is for the birds?!”
In 2 Co 11 Paul says he has been whipped, beaten, stoned, imprisoned, shipwrecked and lost at sea, always on the move, escaped arrest, and worked all night. He has been despised and in danger by those within his camp and those from outside, been starving, thirsty, naked, and cold, and on top of all that he faces daily anguish for all the churches. Paul said he suffered because he was called by God in 2 Timothy 1. Steven Furtick says, “If you haven’t had a head on collision with the devil lately maybe it’s because you’re headed in the same direction.” Paul said we should be excited about weaknesses and suffering!
When we get to heaven and we share stories with the cloud of witnesses what will we share? My computer crashed? I was unemployed? My kids disobeyed? I realize I probably won’t feel like whining to Moses, Job, and Paul.
Jesus reminds us in Matthew 10 that birds don’t sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet God feeds them, and we are much more valuable than they. And in Matthew 6 he says, “Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
So next time you get upset and think this is for the birds, remember that God is watching and He has a purpose, and He has a plan, and He has a provision for your situation!