Word Up Wednesday: More Valuable than Birds / by Donna Olivia Owusu-Ansah

On Monday morning my girls and I placed a homemade Honey Nut Cheerio bird feeder in the tree outside of our house. They made it in Sunday School just before Valentine's Day, but between the weather and my memory, it had been hanging on our refrigerator instead of in a tree for the birds. In any case, we put it out and they were excited about the prospect of the birdies having Honey Nut Cheerios for lunch.


When I returned later in the afternoon, the feeder had not been touched. I guess the birds in our neighborhood don't fancy Honey Nut Cheerios. Even so, the sight of the heart shaped feeder in the tree reminded me of Jesus' words recorded in the Gospel of Matthew:


Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in bars, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
— Matthew 6:25-27

I am the queen of worrying. If I am honest, there is something I'm worrying about even as I type this. But seeing that bird feeder in that moment and connecting it to the Word of God was a reminder to me that God loves me, that God takes good care of me, and that sometimes the blessing doesn't come in the form I desire, but if I keep my eyes open and my attention towards God, that I can experience new blessings, sweet blessings, in places unexpected, just as the birds in my neighborhood finally did when they tasted the Honey Nut Cheerios.