We can learn a lot from the birds.

It’s very lovely to hear them singing early in the morning and sometimes their sweet melody can be heard throughout the day.  While our world is currently in a time of pandemic: of change and uncertainty, nature carries on and the daily routine of birdsong is one indication of that fact.

However, there is someone far more significant than nature working in our world and He is unchanging: God is still with us.

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26

In the passage Jesus was telling his disciples to not be anxious; don’t worry, because God cares for you. We are more valuable than the birds! Out of all creation God chose humanity to reveal Himself to and His Word still speaks to us today.  He wants us to know and to have a relationship with Him.

Not because God needs us but because we need God.  All of us sin and that keeps us from knowing our Creator.

That is why Jesus went to the cross and made the ultimate sacrifice; to take our sin and the punishment meant for us so we could have life.  In His willingness to sacrifice Himself, Jesus paved the way so we could have forgiveness and spend eternity with Him.

If we have a relationship with Jesus, we don’t need to be anxious. We have the comfort that ‘He will never leave us nor forsake us’ (Hebrews 13:5).

It’s easier to say these things than to live it.  Right now, with Covid-19, many have lost work, or their income isn’t certain.  We are all in isolation, the daily routine of our lives is broken. Health concerns are rampant, and we just aren’t sure when the world will recover.

However, if we have sought forgiveness and accepted Christ as Lord, we have hope.  And we don’t walk through this alone.  We can take comfort that the Lord is walking with us and will provide for us.  The most important provision He has given us is the gift of salvation through Jesus-and that is a great message to carry, in word and in deed.

We were created to have a relationship first with God, but also with others.  We can reach out and help one another.  Whether it’s through social media, email or phone chat we can stay connected and encourage one another.

As the current motto states: we are all in this together.

By Margaret Roberts.