I’ve learned so much from watching birds. I live in the woods and we also have a pond, so birds are frequent visitors.
Watching the birds teaches me so much about God’s love and provision. A variety of birds visit our feeders, including juncos, nuthatches, cardinals, orioles, and hummingbirds. When I study how far some of these birds travel each year, I marvel at how God sustains them. It’s a joy to scatter sunflower seeds to help meet their needs.
I’ve also seen graceful herons and colorful wood ducks visit our pond. A few times, a bald eagle has swooped over the pond to grab a fish for supper. In the winter, I regularly hear owls calling to one another in our woods. Each bird’s personality reflects a different aspect of God’s creativity.
All the birds I see or hear inspire me to praise God for the beauty of his creation.
Yet as wonderful as birds are, they pale in comparison to the importance we people have in God’s kingdom.
Jesus affirmed our value with this verse:
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.”
He continued, “So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29,31 NIV
Struggling with Self-Worth
We often lose sight of how valuable we are to God. Many of us see beautiful things in God’s creation and in other people. Yet we refuse to love ourselves in light of how God loves us. Some of us get stuck and struggle with feelings of low self-worth.
If you struggle with self-worth, let Jesus’ words bring you comfort today. Look at the birds outside your window today, and consider how wonderfully God cares for them. Then think about how much more he cares for you every day. How valuable you are to him.
Consider the great plans and purpose he has for you, in comparison to birds. Then step out in greater faith, trusting in the worth that Jesus places on you, rather than choosing a negative thought pattern.
As you meditate on the truth of God’s Word, you can begin to see your great value in God’s eyes. You can overcome feelings of low self-worth when you believe Jesus says you are greatly valuable to him.