When did you not understand the circumstances you were facing? What did you learn about yourself during, and after, the situation was resolved? What lesson(s) did you learn? What did you discover about God?
After living in Charlottesville, Virginia since the fall of 2011, I have been amazed at the wildlife I have encountered in central Virginia, and particularly, my neighborhood. Woodpeckers, bluebirds, cardinals, owls, deer, foxes, turtles, black snakes, a variety of spiders, and much more.
The city of Charlottesville and county of Albermarle have instituted appropriate habitats for the birds, animals, and plants that enrich the natural environment around here. The chirping of birds in the trees is a welcome sound each day, and their shifting patterns in the sky evoke awe and beauty. I have marveled at the nests birds have made in trees and even under my front deck.
I often sit on my front porch and listen to the sounds of nature, pausing to revel in God’s creation and care. I am reminded of Jesus’s words that our Father in heaven feeds the birds of the air and clothes the lilies of the field (Matthew 6:26-30). Jesus said that because of the Father’s great love towards His creation, why should we worry?
Jesus taught that there is Someone greater watching over us and providing for our well-being. If He provides for the birds, why would He not also provide for us, since we are so much more important to Him that they are? No matter where we are in the seasons of life, we can trust that God’s plan for us are being carried out. He will take care of us because He cares for us.
Read Romans 11:33-36.
The apostle Paul delivered an argument in chapters 9-11 of his letter to the Romans about how God’s righteousness towards Israel is vindicated. Paul wrote that God acted with justice towards Israel (9:1-29), he presented the cause of the rejection (9:30-10:21), he said the rejection is not total (11:1-10), or final (11:11-24), and that God’s ultimate purpose is mercy (11:25-36).
The last few verses of Romans 11 reflect Paul’s exaltation of God, where he acknowledges God’s wisdom and knowledge that enabled both Jews and Gentiles to experience His mercy, grace, and salvation. What a doxology (or short hymn of praise to God), concluding a theological presentation! Only God could prepare and execute a universal plan of salvation for all peoples.
So the next time you find yourself in a situation that seems to box you in without much hope and defy all logic for a solution, turn to God. He alone is the One whom you can look to for strength, guidance, and deliverance. Rather than worrying, look to the One that the birds look to. It may not make sense, but God’s wisdom and ways will prevail.
Paul wrote to remind the Christians in Rome, facing danger and persecution for their faithful ways, “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God” (Romans 11:33). Rather than succumbing to worry, searching for answers in the wrong places, complaining that God is nowhere to be found, or doubting who He is, look for the nests of safety that He provides.
Think theologically. Our wisdom is not on par with God’s. The birds trust Him. You can too.
Love is a verb,
©2019 by Mike Olejarz