Wednesday, July 30, 2008

He Knows Every Bird

I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine. Psalm 50: 11

The mountains are teeming with an abundance of birds, and our Heavenly Father knows them all. It's quite an amazing fact when you stop and reflect upon it considering how many mountains and birds are in the world, yet he knows every single one of them. He knows every winged creature that shows up at my feeders, even the tiny hummingbirds! How easily we forget just how awesome our Heavenly Father really is. How often do we stop and reflect on His greatness?

Life is hard and it's easy to get caught up in the "woe is me" syndrome that has spread like a contagious epidemic. Christians are not immune from this disease. It is so common in our churches that most of us don't even realize we are infected with it. At times it can become a competition to see whose life is worse. Grumbling and complaining is rampant in our society today among believers and non-believers, and I'm just as guilty of it as anyone else. How easy it is to complain about gas prices, the weather, and the high cost of living. How easy it is to join in and add our two cents when we hear others complaining. I'm saddened as I think about how much easier it is to complain than it is to be thankful and share something uplifting and positive. Do you ever stop and wonder how God feels when He hears our grumbling amidst all the blessings He has poured out upon us?

The "woe is me" syndrome is a product of self-focus rather than God-focus. The only cure for the disease is to focus on God and how awesome He truly is. Regardless of our life circumstances, we have so much to be thankful for. God has showered us with blessings too numerous to count. When we consider His ways and count all the ways He has blessed us, thankfulness will spring forth from our lips in praise of the One who knows every bird of the mountains.

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