Lessons from Birds: Why We Don’t Have To Worry

Birds don't worry, because they trust their Creator.
Birds don't worry, because they trust their Creator.

Why We Don’t Have To Worry

Sparrows
Jason Gray
You can’t add a single day by worrying
You’ll worry your life away
Oh don’t worry your life away
You can’t change a single thing by freaking out
It’s just gonna close you in
Oh don’t let the trouble win
You may feel alone
But you’re not on your own
If He can hold the world He can hold this moment
Not a field or flower escapes His notice
Oh even the sparrow
Knows He holds tomorrow
Lean in and it’s hard to miss
Everything can change
When you make it His
Oh He wants to carry it
Carefree in the care of God
When you let it go
You’ll find that He’s enough
Oh you never leave His love
You don’t walk alone
If He can hold the world He can hold this moment
Not a field or flower escapes His notice
Oh even the sparrow
Knows He holds tomorrow
There’s not a single star that’s out of place
There’s nothing broken He can’t remake
If you long for hope when you’re afraid
Oh look at the sparrow
Look at the sparrow
If He can hold the world He can hold this moment
Not a field or flower escapes His notice
Oh even the sparrow
Knows He holds tomorrow
Even the sparrow knows
He holds tomorrow

Songwriters: MIA FIELDES, JASON GRAY, JONATHAN LINDLEY SMITH
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
For non-commercial use only.

This song by Jason Gray led me to remember this passage from the Bible:

22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?

27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.  Luke 12:22-34 New Living Translation

Then later in the week, I read this passage to my Sunday School class as we have been studying contentment all month.  It never ceases to amaze me how often I need to hear the message that I’m supposed to be teaching my students.  So I’m challenged to memorize Philippians 4:11-13 and to put it into practice “… for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (NIV)

We have to learn to be content and to trust in God. We need to practice turning situations over to our Heavenly Father instead of worrying.  Oh, that I was a faster learner! Do you wish you worried less? I know I do.

The lesson plan had us write down all the things we worry about on a large piece of paper. The kids listed bee stings, grades on tests, friends who move away, baseball games, when family members get hurt or sick, and losing grandparents and pets.  Then the best part!  We asked God to help us with our worries and we tore that paper to shreds and threw it into the trash.  The kids loved this part!  They put those “stupid worries” in the trash.

So I think the next time I start to worry, I’m going to write those worries down and give them to Jesus and then rip that paper up and throw it away! I know that I’m not too old for Sunday School lessons and I am so thankful that our Heavenly Father is patient with us as we learn and become more like him.

To worrying less and trusting God more!

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I'm a writer, disabled registered nurse, and former home school parent of 6 children ages 19 to 31.

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