Consider the Sparrow- How Watching the Birds Eases My Anxiety
If you’ve been watching my social media this week- you’ve seen the endless amounts of squirrel photos I’ve been posting. We’ve been snowed in twice, so I just started throwing bird seed on our back deck. And to my son’s and my delight- we’ve watched the birds and squirrels come in hoards to eat on these frigid, snowy days.
We’ve spent countless hours laughing at the squirrels’ shenanigans and made identifying the birds into a homeschool activity. Watching our little back yard zoo has made the long, cold days go by a little faster and brought us joy during a dreary season.
As I was sipping my coffee and watching the birds fly down to eat- one of my favorite verses came to me.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable?
I watched the beautiful cardinals and my son’s favorite, blue jays, as they took turns pecking at the seeds. And I thought how beautiful! God cares for them. They’re not afraid. They know they’ll be provided for. They’re not worrying where their next meal will come from- they just know it will be there.
I so wish I could be more like that! That I didn’t stress about the future or worry about insignificant details. I pray I have faith to know that He will provide the things that I need!
This week my prayer is that I am more like the sparrow.
If you’re anxious or worried, or just tired. Remember that he cares for us. The lilies of the field. The birds of the air. Every living thing that He has created. Then those verses are followed by one of my very favorites. The one I turn to when my anxiety is bearing down on my soul:
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
What good comes from our worry? NONE. We can’t add any time to our existence by worrying- so why do we do it?
I wish I could answer that. My anxieties sometimes stem from nothing at all. I know I have triggers and I’m working on it. I’m praying every day about it. And I am noticing a difference in how I feel!
So, now I have another tool in easing my anxiety and stress. Watching God’s creatures as they just go about their daily lives- because they’re a reminder of His love for me.
What are some ways you ease your anxiety and fear?