Faith and Worry - Like birds on a beach


Do you wrestle with worry? You know the feeling in the pit of your stomach or the ache in your head? You feel the weight of what is causing you to stress in pressing in on you. Well I pray you will be helped by the next few blogs. I am not an expert on much but I am a gifted and skilled worrier. I pray God helps you in the coming days. 

I was sitting on the beach at Siesta Key, Florida a while ago. As I sat there I noticed an interesting sight. I saw many birds looking for food by poking their beaks into the sand. They had so much energy and worked so hard to satisfy their appetites. I searched on Google and found out the name of this particular bird. It is a 'sanderling'. 

What struck me about this particular bird was how territorial the birds were with each other. As energetic as they were in looking for food they were even more energetic in protecting their space. It was almost as though they shouted "This is my space" as they peck and scream at each other fighting over turf. Wings were flapping as the birds were screeching as they fought for their space to search for food. It was as if their lives depended on it. 

I just sat and watched the dominant and the defeated take their place in this society. Then something even more powerful took place. The tide turned. The waves came up the beach further and further. The turf that these birds had fought so hard to protect and dominate was gone under a fresh film of seawater. These birds then had to move onto new areas only for the tide to trump their efforts over and over. It all seemed so worthless. So much effort for such little reward. 

As I sat and watched I wondered if I was like these sanderlings that day. I strive and worry about things in my life. I get stressed by being late. I worry about my family. I worry about too many things. But what is the point of worry? Worry is as futile as a sanderling protecting a piece of beach which is about to be covered in ocean. Maybe that’s one of the reasons God blessed us with these amazing verses - do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7). 

Do you stress and worry? Do you see how little worry achieves?  Especially when you begin to understand that God is like the ocean on the beach. He is Sovereign and has all power to overcome all situation and circumstances. When we stress and worry we are like birds fighting for the beach that is about to be covered in water.  Worrying doesn’t help us or move us forward. God offers us help to turn to Him in faith. Worrying doesn't change anything but faith changes everything. I pray in the coming blogs God encourages your faith as you look to Him.