Something I really miss is being outside in nature. I love climbing to the top of a hill and looking out as far as I can see. I love being near water, watching it shimmer on a quiet lake, listening to the gentle trickle of a stream, the river rushing and flowing or the loud crash of waves on the beach. Doesn't matter which, there’s something so peaceful to me about being still, looking out at nature. I could spend hours just sitting, watching, absorbing.
The other day I was feeling particularly nature-sick so started watched aerial footage of landscapes. It made me consider what it must be like for the birds who get to fly up into the air and see it all from that view. The birds that God promises to feed and to clothe, who do not need to worry for anything.
We can learn a lot from those birds. They are in tune with their surroundings and will respond to the seasons. For some that means migrating and flying to a warmer or cooler climate, adapting to the new environment. For others it may mean burrowing down to safety and creating a nest away from everything. Each one is unique but they have one thing in common, they have learnt what works best for them, what they were created to do in order to survive and thrive in changing climates.
We are in an unknown season at the moment where there is a lot we do not understand or have not experienced, a lot we could worry about. But God sees it from the aerial view, from the wider picture and can see how it all works together. God promises to look after us even more than the birds. Things may be a surprise to us but they are not a surprise to God. God knows and God cares.
In this season where we do not know, we can rest assured that God has given us the tools to thrive, in every circumstance. We can listen to the Holy Spirit and hear what unique thing God is asking from us for this season. Often in life we have to strive and fight but one thing is for certain, we don’t have to strive and fight for Gods attention, we were created for it. Sometimes all God asks of us is to be still. To rest together and take quality time out.
We live in a society that craves productivity and achievements. Everything is goal orientated and we can let this seep into our spiritual life too. We can feel the need to read at least a chapter a day of the Bible to be righteous or to listen to sermons online to get our dosage of faith or to have volunteered in order to be worthy. We want outputs but sometimes God calls us to just be. You know, like that friend who you can just sit with, where you don’t have to say a word, but you just enjoy each other’s company. Where the output is a deepening of understanding and an unexplainable peace.
God wants that relationship with us. No distractions. Fully attentive and fully relaxed. There is no pressure, no time commitment, no rush, just love. There is no agenda, no activity, just each other. To sit and absorb, processing the situations we find ourselves in, both acknowledging the difficulties and celebrating the many blessings we have to be thankful for. God doesn’t sensor us but encourages us to be open and fully express ourselves, knowing already what we feel and need.
So in this season, where things are changing and uncertain, let us seek to be like the birds. Let us rest with God, taking time to absorb and respond. Let us look at the bigger picture, the aerial view, in awe of creation. Let us trust that God has it all in hand.
Matthew 6:25-34 Acts 1:7-8 Ephesians 3:14-21 Psalms 46:10 Philippians 4:6-7 Isaiah 40:31