Putting Out Birdseed

For the second time this winter, we have snow! I know, not a big deal for those of you who don’t live in the Deep South, but for those of us who do… it’s a pretty big deal. And the beauty is, I won’t have to shovel any of it like we did when my family lived in Minnesota. Win-win.

Interestingly, this time with the snow, we have seen a significant number of songbirds gathering around our property in their search for food. There have been cardinals, bluebirds, finches and wrens. It has been so much fun to just sit and watch them.

Our oldest son, Alex, remembered that we had some birdseed and decided to put some out in a feeder hanging from our front entryway. He filled it up and then spread some on the ground as well. Soon the birds found the seed, and they haven’t stopped coming. Knowing that we helped them and seeing how excited they are about this provision has made our bird watching even that much more enjoyable.

Now, those birds didn’t know where they were going to find food. They didn’t ask for the food. They didn’t come knock on our door to see if we had any birdseed to spare. They were simply on the lookout. We were the ones who saw their need. We were the ones who had the ability to provide. We were the ones with the power to make their life better and easier. We were the ones with enough care in our heart to help them out.

Then I remembered this morning that Jesus once said something about this that applies to all of us as humans. In Matthew 6:26, Jesus said, “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your Heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are?”

Since we are more valuable to Him than birds, we don’t have to worry about how our needs are going to be provided for today. Truth be told, it’s nice to ask God to meet our needs, but He sees our needs… He sees us searching. And He has not only the ability to provide, but the care and concern in His loving heart to do so.

I don’t know what you need today, but God does. He sees you. He’s watching, and He will provide. And when He does, He will watch with joy as you take in His blessings… blessings you could not obtain on your own… blessings you did not know we’re coming… blessings that were lovingly provided by Someone greater than you.

I promise… you are more important to God than the songbirds around our home. Yet God made sure a nine-year old put out birdseed for them yesterday. And He will make sure that your needs are provided for as well! Keep your eyes open… He’s putting out birdseed for you!


Author: Allen Chapin

- Christian, husband, dad, friend, leader, author and speaker - Life Purpose = Love & Encourage, Offering Grace & Hope - Life Motto = Living for the applause of nail-scarred hands - Life Verse = Matthew 25:21

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