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
I’ve got to admit, I’m not one of those people who sits around worrying. I’m more of a jump in and get it done kind of girl. This, partly, comes from the proof I’ve seen of this passage in Matthew. I’ve been through a lot on my journey to faith. I’ve seen days where I scrounged for change just to buy a little food and days when I wondered if my life could get any worse, but I can look back and see God’s hand in all of it.
Last month, we traveled to Emerald Isle, NC for a week at the beach. This was our first time on the Outer Banks. For those of you unfamiliar with the area, the Outer Banks are the barrier islands along the coast of North Carolina. Emerald Isle is on the southern part of the Outer Banks, nowhere near the more famous sites of Nags Head or Kill Devil Hills. While there, we took the Harkers Island Ferry over to Cape Lookout to climb to the top of the lighthouse, an experience well worth the visit. But what has stayed with me after that trip is the lives of the Shackleford horses.
Shackleford Banks is the southernmost island on the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Wild horses live and thrive there and have for hundreds of years. Descended from horses brought over by Spanish Conquistadors, these horses have survived in the wild on a very sparse island off the coast of North Carolina. The water table is high in the Outer Banks, so the horses have to dig deep to find fresh water. Somehow, in the unlikeliest of places, these horses have lived and survived for hundreds of years. It’s hot. There is little shelter, yet they live. Why? Because God provides for all of His creatures.
The horses do not complain about their lot in life. They don’t worry about their livelihood.
If they live and thrive in those conditions, then what conditions can we survive because God is with us?
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39
God loves us and provides for us. We might not always appreciate what we receive, but we can’t deny His presence in our gifts and blessings, especially when we look back at what He has done in our lives.
Have you ever looked back and recognized His hand in something difficult you went through? What was it?