Each morning, we awaken to the songs of the birds through our open bedroom window.  I can think of no sweeter way to begin the day than awakening to the sound of birds singing as they greet the day.  If I am very fortunate, I awaken to hear the “dawn chorus” and then fall asleep again to awaken at a later hour!  Their singing is so full of joy that it reminds me of the words of the psalmist in Psalm 118:24 – This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  Who could not rejoice listening to such heavenly music!

The birds also remind me of the passages from Matthew 6:26-34, in which Jesus admonishes us to look at the birds of the field.  They do not sow or reap or store food away, and yet God looks after them. Consider the lilies, he says.  They do nothing and yet God sees that they are clothed in beauty.  So why are we concerned about what we are going to eat, or drink, or wear?  Are we not of more value than the birds and the flowers?  Can any of us add a single hour to our life by worrying?  What we need to do, Jesus says, is to seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and then all these things will be given to us.

And so, dear friends, this summer as you spend time in the great outdoors, enjoy all the sights and sounds of nature that God has provided.  Put aside your worries and trust in God.  Remember that if we seek God and try to live according to his will, He will create the circumstances that will enable our needs to be met.  Have a great summer!