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I Know He's Watching Me!

I saw her across the front yard this morning when I composted my pineapple-juicing leftovers. We watched each other at a distance, she, on the alert, and me, wondering if she'd prefer the pineapple scraps or the seeds I would put on the feeder. I had already marveled at her liftoff several times this week, surprised by her size for this time of year. In fact, I was amazed she and her birds-of-a-feather friends were already flocking together at my feeder -- four weeks ahead of schedule. She's the aviary rendition of that octuplet story we keep hearing about these days. She, no doubt, is going to have a huge brood. I wish I could see her nest to find out exactly how many eggs hatch. The best part is seeing her right outside my window, flip flapping in the birdbath on this atypically warm winter day. It's been a good day for my fine-feathered friend with pineapple tidbits, birdseed, and fresh water aplenty. Does it get any better? Mrs. Robin appears to have no worries for tomorrow.

That's a nice lesson straight from the mind of the One who counts the sparrows that fall from the sky, as the Bible puts it. "Oh, feathers!" I tend to say over the declining economy, my dwindling energy, endless deadlines, this relationship, or that dilemma. Yet, God says not to worry about tomorrow; it's in His hands. I just need to report for duty, do my best, and trust Him with the rest. It seems so easy for God to say! Does He really mean that? Well, I just looked it up. The Bible verse says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God" (Philippians 4:6). Okay, I can do that. I mean, I petition my state representatives and senators; I present my requests to others, unsure of when or even if I'll get a response. But God? It's an open invitation. The Bible doesn't say, "Unless you do this or that by age 27 and possess the proper vocabulary, I won't pay attention to you!" This is the inspired Word of God we're talking about here -- not some advice column in the newspaper, as good and helpful as that can be. This is the Gospel truth!

So how does it work? The next verse anticipates this question and explains the payoff for taking my worries to God: "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7). I could use a lot of that peace, that guarding, right now. It's there for the asking. What are you waiting for? The old saying that goes "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb" may come true once you petition God and get the peace He promises. It reminds me of that old hymn line, "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He's watching me!" Let's take Him up on it and see!

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