Today I watch the chickadees flit from tree to tree. They fluff their feathers against the bitter cold and go about their search for food, apparently carefree and confident their maker will provide their needs.
There are may names for God in scripture. The one this scene brings to mind is Jehovah-Jireh: “The Lord will see it… He will provide.” It was first introduced when Abraham took Isaac to Mt. Moriah to make sacrifices to Yahweh. Unbeknownst to Isaac, he was supposed to be the sacrifice. When Isaac asked his father where the sacrificial lamb was, Abraham simply answered, “God will provide.” And he did. He provided a ram for Abraham so Isaac would be spared.
What a beautiful picture of what was to come. Long after Abraham walked this earth, God’s Son walked to a cross where He became the sacrificial lamb for us all. God saw our need for redemption and He provided. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9) God will see all our future needs and will provide, according to His perfect plan. “And my God will supply all your needs, according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
Move forward with the confidence of those little chickadees, knowing your Maker will provide!
All is still. Even the wind.
I stop to silence Styrofoam snow underfoot.
I listen to stillness.
At first there is nothing.
The only voice is color.
Blaze blue sky.
Grave gray maple.
Winter white birch.
Glossy green pine.
Lamb’s wool snow.
Now a new voice. High, almost unheard.
Another the same.
Small winter wonders singing in flight.
Joy and jubilation.
Celebration of God’s provision in seasons of hardship.