BY: Vicar Jake Boessling
Just a few weeks ago, my family and I joined our journey group to serve four families through the ministry of Family Promise (http://familypromiseaz.org/). Over a BBQ meal, we heard stories of painful transitions, broken relationships, and unsuccessful job searches. It was heartbreaking.
Early the next morning after spending the night in the youth room with two other men from my journey group as overnight hosts, we lead the families to their van so that they could take the drive into Phoenix to begin their daily job hunt, resume building, and journey towards self-sufficiency.
My heart broke once again for their situations. And I prayed a quick prayer to God, “Father, help these families. In Jesus’ name, amen.” And then I looked up to the heavens to see a bird, “that bird”, perched on our school building high above us all.
And then I thought about what Jesus says about birds.
In His famed and man-made title, “Sermon on the Mount,” He told an anxious crowd, “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 than they?” (Matthew 6:26)
Friend, you are more valuable than “that bird”. My new Family Promise friends are more valuable to our good, good Father than “that bird”, and yet God cares for “that bird” and feeds it, provides for it, and shelters it in His own wings (Psalm 91:4). Lost a job? Lost a spouse? Lost a business deal? God provides.
Still don’t believe me…did you know that God has a habit of using birds to show us God’s provisions? Just look throughout the Scriptures. Noah sends out a bird (dove) after 40 days and 40 nights of rain to see that God provides restoration to the earth. Elijah was provided bread and meat by a bird (raven) by the brook Cherith east of the Jordan during a horrific drought. God provided the Holy Spirit in the form of a bird (dove) that tore through the heavens flying down to rest on Jesus at His baptism. God provides for our daily needs no matter what you are going through.
That early morning after Family Promise, I thought “Maybe this is ‘that bird’ that I always see around campus.” Church, have you seen “that bird” outside the church sanctuary windows? Have you heard “that bird” tapping its beak on the window during worship, beckoning someone to let him in?
“That bird” is funny and keeps returning.
May that bird’s tapping, chirping, clanging, and flapping remind you that your Father provides for you, takes care of you, loves you, and has redeemed you through Jesus’ life, death and glorious resurrection.
Two days after the evening with our Family Promise friends when I saw “that bird”, two of the families were able to get their prayers answered. They both transitioned into permanent housing spots and received the employment needed. I bet when they see “that bird” flying around from now on they will be reminded that God provides. I know I will!
Jesus is faithful!