Consider The Birds

I read recently that there are something like 200 to 400 billion birds in the world, and about 8.1 million species and there are times when I feel as though every one of them has been pooping on my car. I find it so frustrating. I wash my auto and the next thing I know, there are bird droppings on my car. I’m beginning to think that my driveway must be on a bird flyway or something like that. They (the birds) see a clean car and it’s “bombs away”!

The really frustrating part is if I don’t deal with the bird poop right away, it can damage the finish on my car. I guess that I could cut down all the trees on my property, but I think that that would be a pretty drastic thing to do — except it would cut down on all the raking that I have to do in the Fall!

There are times, I believe, in everyone’s life when there is the feeling that life is pooping on them. It is in times like this that we need to turn to God. We must see that there are times when God allows trouble to come into our lives, and He allows it because He knows that it is exactly what we need at that time. His purpose in allows trials is to make us more like His Son, Jesus Christ.

Also, God knows what He is doing, Romans 8:28 tells that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and have been called according to His purpose. And James 1:2-4 tells us this: Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For whenever your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything. (The New Living Translation) So God allows trials in order to build up our faith and to help us develop character — although I suspect some of you are characters already!

One final thing. As I was reading the bit about birds, I thought about Matthew 6:26 where we are asked to consider the birds of the air. They do not sow nor reap nor store into barns, yet God takes care of them. Matthew then asks if we are not more valuable than they.  God loves us more than we can ever imagine — enough that He gave us His only Son as a sacrifice for our sins; and He has given the Holy Spirit Who lives  in every one who have confessed Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.  Such is His love for us.

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About faithfullyhis

My name is Charles Quail and I am a retired Baptist pastor who lives in Dunnville,a small town southeast of Hamilton, Ontario. I also write a weekly column for our local newspaper, The Sachem. It is a column that I have been writing for about eight years. I am married and have two grown daughters. My best buddy was my dog Max, who is now chasing bunny rabbits in sky. I miss him terribly. My reason for wanting to write a blog is friends have told me that this is the next logical step in my writing career. My hope and prayer is that many will be both challenged and blessed by what I write.
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