We have a tree outside of our house with these little red berries. I have no idea what kind of tree it is or what the little berries are called. But regardless of their name, by the end of the summer our tree is full of them. As fall comes and goes, all the leaves fall off, but the berries remain, turning from an orange to a deep red. Then, sometime around the beginning of December, when the cold weather really hits, hundreds of robins flock to our yard to feast. Last year it happened during Arctic Blast '08 (This is what the media coined our winter storm last December. Stupid name if you ask me, but don't get me started on that.). As Grace and I leaned against the window yesterday watching all the birds, I was reminded of Matthew 6:26, "Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?"
The robins in my yard do not worry about where their food will come from, yet in the middle of December, when it feels like Alaska outside, God provides them a feast of little red berries. Why can I not be like the birds? Being a mom has not helped with my anxiety. Nope, in fact quite the opposite. Now I have a beautiful daughter who I love more than life itself to worry about. However, the Lord has really been working in my heart lately, gently telling me to let go of the worry. "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Matthew 6:28. I know my life is in his hands and nothing is going to change that. I also know He loves my daughter even more than I do; and if He cares about the birds of the air, who are not made in His image, how much more does he care about Grace and Joe and me? I don't think I will ever truly stop worrying about my children (we still only have one, but want to add more in the future), but I will try my best not to worry about what tomorrow will bring. I have an Abba who loves me so much He sent His son to die, so that I could be brought into His family as His daughter. So I think I'll leave things to Him and enjoy the gifts He has so generously given me.