I have been involved with Kingdom Here Ministries for a couple of months now. When I first began going I was not sure what to expect. Now, it is something I look forward to each time we visit our friends downtown. To be able to listen to men and women, who are homeless and in need, thank the Lord for watching over them and providing for them is the most amazing thing in the world. How many times a day do I complain about my car not being as nice as I wish, my pantry not having the snacks I want, or my house being too much to keep up? These are all important things in our lives, but when they take place of the Lord, we have allowed them to consume us and we forget the people who live in our city who would give anything to have a car, a pantry, or a house.
On one of our last trips at the Salvation Army there was a bird eating grass. This is nothing uncommon or out of the ordinary but on this occasion I was reminded of Matthew 6:25-34. In vs. 25 Jesus tells his followers not to worry about what they are going to wear, eat or drink, that life is more important than these things. He continues in vs. 26 to say “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?”
So often we forget the promise God made to us, that He is going to watch over us and make sure we have what we need... not what we want. Just like the men and women we are reaching through Kingdom Here have what they need. Next time you see a bird, think about the Lord and be thankful for what you have and know you are going to be taken care of…just like the birds of the air.
Stephen for KH