Jesus taught lessons with items from Creation. Light, salt, lilies, seeds, sparrows, all take on new significance. Bread and wine have new meanings because he made them symbols of his death.
In Matthew Jesus reminds us God cares about the little things, not a sparrow can fall to the ground without his knowledge, nor yet any harm befall his people:
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Mt 10:29-31).
Creation Reveals God
I use the beauty and creatures from Creation to remind my children of God. When we see a sunset, sunrise, a deer, bluebird, rabbit, new flower, grasshopper, etc. I say “Look, is God talking to us!”
I ask them “What do you think He is saying today?” That He loves us? that He is watching over us? that He never slumbers or sleeps? that He created this beauty for us?
Also in Matthew Jesus uses birds to teach us never have to worry about what to eat, or wear:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Mt 6:25-7:1)
I received an email this morning with photographs of a bird mourning the death of its mate (see photos below) which reminded me of the song, “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”
Bird Mourns Death of Mate
Received via email marked http://abunawf.com/
A flock of birds had stopped on a highway (somewhere in the Ukraine) perhaps just taking a rest or maybe they had spotted a bit of food. A vehicle passed by and one of the birds was injured and unable to move from the roadway. Here, his mate injured and the condition was fatal.
Her mate lingers nearby offering solace and eventually he brings food to her. On one of his return trips he finds his mate dead and seems to try to shake her awake and attended to her with love and compassion.
Aware that she is lost to him he cries out in obvious anguish. Every time a car passes, the bird flies off for a moment but then returns to mourn, his heart clearly broken. Shocked at her death, he tried to move her.
Eventually the photographer, concerned for the safety of the living bird, put down his camera, picked up the bird and removed it from the road. The grieving bird lingered in a nearby tree, “crying” out loud with adoring love and reluctant to move on.
No one knew how long he stood beside her and cried. Devastated by the loss.
There he stood beside her lifeless body with sadness and sorrow.
I don’t know what species of bird this is, but I think it could truly be considered a “love bird.”
Do not worry… your heavenly Father knows what you need. Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow.