The other day Jordanne noticed a blue bird on the fountain on our patio. She sent me a video of it drinking the water. As I watched the video, the passage in Luke 12 when Jesus is talking about not worrying about what to eat, drink, or wear because if God takes care of the ravens and the lilies, He will take care of us, came to mind.
I woke up this morning to the sound of unexpected rain. As I lie in my bed all snuggled up and warm, this photo came to mind. Thinking about it and what it spoke to me spiritually. It says so much about God and His Kingdom. It was my fountain on the patio that this beautiful bird discovered to quench his thirst. But the key here is that I didn't fill it up with water. It was water from the rains we had a few day before. God had provided the water that filled this fountain because He knew that this bird would be needing a drink at that very moment. We were blessed by the seeing the blue bird because are not very common around here. It is a reflection of the beauty in God's creation because this bird is beautifully dressed.
This speaks a lot to the way God works in our lives. As a follower of Jesus we should be like this fountain, always filled with a fresh rain of God's Holy Spirit, ready to provide for the moment when we encounter one who is thirsty that they may drink from the Living Water that flows from us (John 7:38).
But as I read these words of Jesus, the Holy Spirit showed me this passage from another perspective. Jesus says, "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. 32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom." (Luke 12:31-32, NLT) I realized that the Kingdom is Jesus! In Luke 17:21, Jesus is having a conversation with the religious leaders and he tells them "the Kingdom of God is in your midst." He was speaking of himself.
When we seek the Kingdom of God, in return, God gives us His one and only son (John 3:16), His best, who is Jesus. You see Jesus is the "Bread of Life" and the "Living Water." He says "whoever comes to him will never go hungry and will never be thirsty" (John 6:35). It is Jesus who clothes us in His righteousness so we are seen by God without sin (2 Corinthians 5:21) and can stand boldly before the throne of grace (Hebrews 7:25).
You may be in a place where you are feeling fearful, worried, or completely famished in your soul. I pray this post will be to you like the surprise rain we had this morning. It was unexpected, yet it provided water for the plants and animals that depend on God for their needs. It reminded me that it's God's desire to reign in our lives and refresh our souls daily. I encourage you today to seek God's Kingdom, Jesus! You will be pleasantly surprised at how He will provide "everything you need." (Luke 12:32)