Yesterday, coming out of Trader Joe’s, my attention was drawn to the sound of birds chirping loudly and persistently. My eyes scanned the area to see what the ruckus was about, and I was greeted with an amazing sight: Three sparrows stood in a cluster, their wings straight at their sides, the end feathers fluttering like fingers. They were clearly distressed. I wasn’t sure why they were in such an unusual spot—there is a constant flow of people going in and out of the store and an endless banging of carts as people take them in and out of the queue.
I watched, expecting them to take off, but instead was delightfully surprised when a slightly larger bird swooped down in front of the agitated trio. Immediately the three birds opened their beaks wide and each received a tidbit from Mama. Then she flew off to find more. The babies went back to their frantic “I want my dinner” call.
Sure enough, within a minute, Mama returned with another tidbit.
I reached for my camera, but just then three kids, tired of being stuck in the store with their own mom, were freed to run outside. They ran immediately to the rail, laughing and talking, and started climbing.
The birds disappeared under the carts. Mama returned again, and just like any good Mama, she ducked under the carts to keep giving to her babies.
I moved to a different spot, hoping they would reemerge, but a huge bus of people began unloading and streaming into the store.
I stood quietly for another minute or two. I could still hear the birds, but I knew I wouldn’t see them again. It was amazing I had seen them at all.
It was a gift to add to my 1000 unending gifts.
And it was a reminder: God really does care for the sparrows (Luke 12:5). He cares even more about me (Luke 12 6-7). He will provide food, protection, and care even in the most difficult places.
When my life is full of noise, chaos, confusion, I can trust God will be there. If I pay attention, I can hear His voice and receive all He has for me. Why? For the very simple reason, He loves me. Just like that mama bird took care of her babies, God takes care of me.
What do I do? Be like those baby birds. Keep my attention focused on my provider. “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,” (Matthew 6: 33-34).
God will do the rest.