Sometimes God interrupts my day with a life lesson I’m not looking for.  I always begin my day with coffee and the dog looking out the window where we have a bird feeder hanging.  It is usually a busy spot with all kinds and colors of small birds coming and going.  They seem to instinctively know how to wait their turn and fly a short ways off before returning for some more. 

Not today.  This morning there was a sparrow who didn’t want to share.  Keep in mind this is a big feeder that we only have to fill every couple of weeks or so.  This particular sparrow would not allow any other birds, even his own kind, to perch on the feeder, much less actually get any seed.  He (she?) would puff up his wings and give a warning hop and head snap to any bird that dared come to close.  His threatening stance actually worked.  The other birds perched close enough to watch him, but far enough away that he would leave them alone. 

And then I saw it.  That little sparrow’s effort to keep all the others away from his “stuff” prevented him from eating any.  He was so busy making sure no one else got any seed, that he couldn’t eat any either.  There he patrolled, all alone, unable to enjoy what he needed. 

Sometimes our need to pretend to be in control of what we have or want prevents us from enjoying it, or even benefitting from it.  Sometimes our need to hoard what we do not own alienates us from the others with whom we could share it. 

God’s provision for us is like that.  He’s not a stingy God who gives us barely enough; he is a lavish, abundant God who gives us more than we can ask or imagine.  If we spend our lives desperately trying to keep others away from what God has generously given us, we are unable to enjoy or share those gifts.   We cheat ourselves out of relationship with others who just might be another blessing God has sent to us when we are so busy “guarding” that we don’t recognize God’s image in the one who wants to share a moment of our day. 

May I never be so consumed with my stuff or my security that I refuse to enjoy each moment and treasure each person that God puts in my path….or on my perch.

Matthew 6:26  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?