Since the beginning, when God made birds, he put in them a purpose. Birds were given everything they would need in order to survive. The instincts to guard their territory is something they just do. They don’t question why it is getting harder to protect their space from other birds, they just work harder at it until this other bird is gone. I wonder how many birds have been harmed after weeks of throwing themselves against windows, unable to perform their duties the following spring for their families.
After weeks contemplating why… I wonder if God sometimes looks at us in this same way, questioning why we make it so hard. Why do we continue to work so hard at something that is really not what it seems? Why do we keep flying into the same window time after time after time, making a mess out of where we are currently and not really achieving what we think we are?
I have recently been reading a lot about what experts suspect to be making us all so sick. Since I was a kid, there has been a shift. Seems that everyone is fighting some type of physical struggle. Allergies, Thyroid problems, Depression, Infertility and the list goes on. Doctors are prescribing more drugs and people are turning to Eastern Medicines to help them fix their current health struggle. The consistent thing in Alternative Medicines is that all recognize stress to be the root cause of all our new illnesses. Meditating, Prayer and Plugging into our Power Source (Faith) is highly recommended for keeping our bodies running as they were originally designed to run. When God designed man and woman, he gave them everything they would need to survive. When a big animal is chasing humans, our bodies are designed to have super human strength so that we can escape that animal. The body was not designed to have that happen very often, just as needed. Unfortunately, this life of modern conveniences and ease has led to a life of being chased by stress daily. Our bodies are in fight or flight more than originally intended. Because of this, our immune system is struggling to keep up. Of course, there are other things in our world that have contributed to the downward shift of our health, but stress is our reaction to everything going on around us.
In thinking about this bird, I cannot help but compare our situations. Some days, it seems as if I have too much demanded of me. Either by others or simply expectations I put on myself. Why? What are we doing all this for?
This has made an impact on me. I hear myself asking God, “Why is it is so hard? Why do these tasks of doing what I think I am supposed to be doing, leave me exhausted and not able to sleep? Why is my physical body struggling?” I can just imagine Him saying to me, “Patti, why are you throwing yourself against a window protecting yourself and your family from what you see as threats? Don’t you know that I, your God, designer and creator of your body knows what it needs? “
...for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him” Matthew 6:8 ESV. Why do you only work so hard at what you see? I have told you, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33 ESV
Literally everything in His Word is everything I need to survive in this world. We were made to follow Him on a daily, hourly basis. Left to ourselves, we create stress and extra work/expectations that He never meant for us to carry.
Blessings to you and your loved ones today as you seek what is sacred to our Father God.