Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Heavenly Honeyeater

'Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?'

The words of Jesus from Matthew 6 25-26

I do not feed the birds at Eight acres of Eden, I have no need to, for there is there is food in abundance on our forest property which is a haven for wildlife. I only have to glance up from my computer screen and look out the window to see my feathered friends such as the blue faced honeyeater arrive at the 'fly through' tree restaurant I have christened 'Mc Banskias'! Its numerous golden 'candles' are attracting birds in their droves and every few minutes another bird arrives, sometimes there are six or seven at a time - rainbow lorikeets, honeyeaters and eastern spinebills with 'designer' beaks, perfect for extracting the sweet nectar.

I love these birds! Especially the honeyeaters who hop along the pergola and remove the spiders who spin those messy webs that create so many cobwebs. I take great pleasure in taking a few moments out of my busy day to admire their stunning colours and striking markings - they have no need to ask 'Does this colour suit me?' or 'Do these feathers make me look fat?' and they never declare 'I have nothing to wear!'

And when it is time to eat they are fairly spoiled for choice. Where shall we go for breakfast today 'The Callistemon Cafe?' asks the Blue honeyeater. 'Ki-owt' replies the other honeyeater which roughly translates as ' Nah, let's go to Mc Banksias!'

I am so blessed to live in such a beautiful place, a banquet house for birds and daily I am reminded by God not to worry about my life. As Jesus spoke these words I am sure a bird was nearby or flying past. He reminds us that God our Heavenly Father feeds the birds! This is more than just the provision of nature for God is a person - Jesus does not say 'The birds find food', as if they came across it accidentally, he declares that it is provided from the hand of God - wow! Isn't that just incredible? As I observe the birds arriving on the branches I should be thinking 'God is feeding you guys - he cares for you and ensures that all you have need of is provided and then He tells me I am of more value! I do not have to worry!

Here is another of God's creatures that receives 'heavenly provision' at Eight Acres of Eden. The koala eats only the leaves of the eucalyptus tree of which there are many here including the species favoured by these furry marsupials. We often spot them and have on occasion been able to rescue sick koalas off the road and see them returned to their forest home after vet treatment. Just a little way in which we can exercise stewardship and care for God's magnificent creation. Every time I have the opportunity to observe a koala in one of our trees I am reminded that God provides for them and here in the forest that provision is in abundance. Not just food but the right kind of food in plentiful supply.

Our forest is also a source of life and shelter for insects, reptiles and my favourite amphibian, the green tree frog. I love to see the green tree frogs and if this was a not good place to live he would not be in residence here! God has provided him with a healthy habitat and everything he needs to thrive!

Living so close to nature, seeing every day how God my Father provides for the animal life He designed I cannot help but be reminded that He cares so much more for me, yet there are times when I forget to read and rely on His promises and I do not take him at His Word when he says if you ' ... seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, all these things shall be added onto you'.

As tough times lie ahead, as power bills are set to soar here affecting the cost of everything else - food, fuel and other services, I will admit we have sat down and asked ourselves 'How on earth will we afford to live and afford the basics for day to day life when we have predictions of 60 percent rises within 3 years for electricity?' We already budget, we do not live extravagantly, we do not have cable TV subscriptions, private health care premiums or school fees to pay.

The honeyeater is looking upwards, I think he knows where his food comes from!

Worrying can set in and besiege our minds so as Christians we pray and recently I asked God the same question 'Lord, how will we afford to live in the days that lie ahead?' And his answer was to send a honeyeater - I call him my ' Heavenly honeyeater' who arrives daily to remind me that God my Father in Heaven who feeds this splendid creature with the naturally sweet food he desires and gives him the tools he needs to extract his food with, cares for me so much more, knows that I need all these things and tells me I need not worry about tomorrow - His hand will provide!

With Love and Joy,


SF said...

Beautiful, Ann. Such wonderful photos and such a great reminder to us all. Yes, I too love the blue face honeyeater - they are abundant here as well! xo

the happy sparrow said...

Thankyou for your lovely encouragement Ann.
A timely post for me!

Anonymous said...

Oh Ann I loved this post! Since my husband was laid off almost 2 months ago I have really struggled knowing where things would be coming from even more so than normal. Your post was a great reminder of where I stand in God's eyes.
I LOVED all of your photos! The koala was my favorite! I wish we had those here... so beautiful! Thank you for a lovely post I was able to read before bed.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is such a comfort to know that our Father cares for us and provides for us, as we put Him first in our lives, and in Him we have a hope and future. I love that photo of the tree frog and what a blessing to be surrounded by nature. Angela

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Beautiful Inspiring Post Ann.
How are you going with the Neuralgia?
We truly are well provided for and your Home and forest surrounds look wonderful

Camille said...

How WONDERFUL!!! LOVED all the nature shots! NONE of which live here...I'll have to show the children ~ How fun for your young ones to grow up with all God's amazing creatures surrounding them!

AND...I so appreciate your words today ~ how AMAZING to think that we are MORE precious to our Heavenly Father than the birds of the air! You are right...they do not worry about food or clothes and yet they are fabulously cared for...in abundance!

Blessings to you my friend!
In His Love,

gail said...

Hello Ann,
Your post today was beautiful and your words bring joy to all those who have the good fortune to read it. What an incredible privilege to have to rely on our Father for everything. I also have times of doubt and worry and I have to stop and remind myself who is in charge. He will care for you and yours Ann. That is His promise to you.

Blessings Gail

Beth said...

What a lovely post!!! Very timely for me and full of encouragement!
Thank you for your comment on my blog! I love to garage sale and thrift store shop! Today was the first day in probably months that I have gone to the "mall" and spent money! Most of the things are going back but I am going to save one outfit and a little cute shirt I bought for Liam. When his mommy and daddy first found out that they were expecting, his daddy used to call him Peanut. I found a shirt that says "Mommy's Little Peanut"!! I can't even consider taking it back!
Have a nice weekend!

Niki said...

Hey Ann,
Beautiful shots of lovely creatures.
The little green frog being a favourite.
Yes very worrying about the electricity isn't it.
How are all your beautiful kiddo's.

gail said...

Hello Ann, I endorse all you said in the comment column of Down to Earth. Mothers like you are an inspiration to our younger generation. I know your family will grow from strength to strength with you as their Mum. When your children grow and have children of their own, all your training and sacrifice will have been worth every minute. We have retired a little earlier than most and are living on a very limited income but we are really enjoying our self sufficient lifestyle and I am able to have my elderly Dad live with us full time and my elderly mother in law every second month which is difficult at times but we are learning as we go, and they feel secure knowing they will not be sent off to a nursing home. Keep up the good work.

Blessings Gail

Renata said...

Thanks for this lovely post Ann. I'll admit that we've been struggling this last couple of weeks, but we know that God will truely provide for our needs -it's so reassuring. I wonder how people cope who don't have a faith in God.
A couple of weeks ago 5 people were made redundant at Dave's work - that's over 1/3 of the staff - it sure was stressful for everyone (especially we who are left as we don't know if it will happen again). We do need to trust in the Lord though - as He will provide for our every need.


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