Reflections: Rev Daniel Pollin

The Reverend Daniel Pollin
The Reverend Daniel Pollin

JUDGING from last week’s weather, I think we can safely say summer disappeared with a bang! (if it was ever here).

As I write this article, I can see out the window a gale, with accompanying rain, blow at full force down the street.

However, one of the few great things about this time of year is the increase of wildlife in our back gardens looking for food.

Especially noticeable are the birds. Perhaps you, like me, have set up a birdfeeder to keep the birds going over the winter months (if you haven’t, it is a great and inexpensive thing to do).

It has been great to be able to watch the birds each morning as we have breakfast.

We have a whole flock of them by now, starlings, chaffinches, a robin and many more. It is causing no end of annoyance for our cats (who are locked in) as they see what could be their breakfast escape!

As I watch the birds, I am reminded of a promise made to Jesus’ followers.

“So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food, drink and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And are you not more valuable to Him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Matthew 6 v 25-27).

Now, I am not using this passage as a theological reason for bird watching! Yet the lessons we can learn from the birds are remarkable, as they show us something of God’s goodness and mercy.

Jesus was telling His disciples to watch the birds – why?

As He states, birds don’t make food, they don’t pop down to the Co-op, nor indeed do they store food in barns. They rely on the goodness of God.

Berries in the trees (our rowan tree is frequently picked for food), scraps on the ground, all provided by God.

Jesus uses the birds as an example of how to simply trust in the provision and the goodness of God. Notice Jesus even says God’s people are valuable to Him.

The lesson we are taught is God will care for us, if we trust in Him.

We often hear people take about having faith, and faith at its best is simple trust.

Trust in the promises and character of God, as revealed to us in the Bible.

We can trust Him when He tells us our sins are forgiven because of Jesus’ death on the cross on our behalf.

We can trust Him when we are told to cast our burdens on Him because He cares for us.

In all areas of life and in all circumstances, we can trust in God because He is infinitely good and gracious to us through Jesus Christ.

It’s amazing what you can see out your back window.

The Reverend Daniel Pollin writes in the East Fife Mail.