Black-capped Chickadees teach us about God’s provision

chickadeeI opened the window in my dining room on a breezy summer morning and sat down with a cup of tea. The fresh air blew the hair away from my face while I watched birds in my backyard. Some were soaring through the air flying from tree to tree while others were taking seeds from the feeder.

The birds outside my window were Black-capped Chickadees. These songbirds have petite bodies with large heads and can be found in most backyards across America. They are very active birds, never staying in one spot for too long. As I watched them, I was reminded of 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? Matthew 6:26

Exactly how does God feed these birds? I did some research and what I found is so amazing and really makes this scripture come to life.

The Black-capped Chickadees (I love saying Chickadees), unlike other birds, do not fly south for the winter. They live, fly, eat and build nests within a ten mile radius all year long. In order to survive the cold winter months, they start collecting seeds from berry bushes and trees in October and store them in various places within their ten mile home.

Can you imagine having to remember where you stored food in such a large area? How can these little birds remember all of those hiding places?

Here is where it gets good. While they are gathering and storing seeds, something amazing happens – their brains grow. Well, not literally.

Actually, what happens is that the number of memory cells in their brain multiplies allowing them to remember where each and every morsel is stored. In early spring, when food becomes more abundant, their cells shrink back to its original state.

Isn’t that amazing?

Unlike us, the Chickadee birds cannot earn money and buy their own food. Instead they rely on God to provide for their needs. And he provides in the most amazing way. Don’t you wish you could add more memory to your brain?

You can also trust God to provide four your needs. He loves each and every one of his creations, but he loves you the most. He created you in His image. Have you ever noticed how complex our insides are? Psalm 139:145 says we are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are more valuable than the birds my friend. You can rest in the assurance that He will provide for your needs no matter what they are.

Just as God created the Chickadee’s memory to expand so they will always have food, God will provide for our needs.

6 thoughts on “Black-capped Chickadees teach us about God’s provision

  1. Wow, that is amazing. We were so created by a wonderful, awesome God. I must admit that I would love my brain to grow, it seems that I forget where I put things daily, and my memory is diminishing. Thank you for sharing this absolutely wonderful post at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  2. I absolutely live that you shared the connection between the scripture and the life cycle of the chickadee, it has always been one of my favorite scriptures. Just yesterday I took an early morning walk and was greeted with a chorus of birds tweeting. It was glorious.

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