Personal reflections on the current crisis by Filipe Almeida

 The Lord takes care of the birds in the sky! The Lord takes care of us!

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26 New International Version (NIV)

 

As the situation we are experiencing intensified, many doubts and concerns came to my mind: doubts about our future; concerns about my distant family;  Concerns about the people I love and who are in the risk zone if they get this virus.

 

A week ago, for one night I couldn’t sleep. My thoughts were taken up by these concerns and doubts that only increased while I followed the news. I stayed up all night and when the day started to dawn, I heard the first birdsong. I love to hear the birds singing! I like to compare the songs of birds in the United Kingdom with those in Brazil and I see how listening to these different songs makes our lives more beautiful.

 

Right after that, I remembered the verse in Matthew 6. 26. It was at this moment that I prayed to the Lord: ‘Dear Father, can you please send a bird to sing right by my bedroom window? The Lord decided to comply with my request and a bird came to my window and sang! I recognized this care of the Lord ‘in the little things’, and I praised Him, for I know that He is taking care of me, the Lord is taking care of us!

 

Today, of course, I still have challenging concerns and feelings in the face of this horrible virus that we have come across. But I reflect on how I can grow in my relationship with God at this time! How I should trust the provision and care from the Lord who feeds the birds in the sky and us too. How I can trust the Lord in a sincere way and rest in Him in a time of suffering, but knowing that He is in control of all things!

 

May we remember that even in the midst of diversity, the Lord gives us peace and joy! So we can also demonstrate the hope that we have in Jesus Christ who is with us every day! That is why we can act as witnesses to the Holy Spirit and in this way bless and care for the people we love, our neighbors or distant family members through something that we have valued much more: technology!

 

While the birds sing in the sky, we can walk in a real life. Reminding us of God’s Faithfulness to us. Reminding us of His love that gives us life! Eternal life!

 

May we at this time be encouraged to live God’s promises for our lives! May we at this time receive all that the Lord wants to do in us!

 

A big Brazilian hug (because virtual hugs are still possible hahaha).

 

Filipe Almeida

3 Responses

  1. Renan
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    Amen to that!
    I like to think that while God doesn’t worry about getting Covid-19, He worries about us and its impacts in our lives. He himself cannot get sick, but is the God who made himself human just to bear our sicknesses and sorrows, as that famous verse in Isaiah states. He knows the highs and lows of human experience, how good it is to hug a friend and how much it make us anxious the mere thought of our loved ones being ill. He sees us through our suffering, has done so in the past and will continue, by his fidelity, to do so now.

    When I look at the birds today (through the windows of my house only, for the time being), I’ll be reminded of God’s care and protection in this crisis. Great post!

  2. John Greenall
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    Thanks Filipe, so good to read this and know that God loves us so much

  3. Prasanna
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    Thank you Filipe,
    God makes nature to do His bidding and communicates with us.

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