The Pelican

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is bot life more than food, and the body more than clothing? look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor real nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? Any why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you - you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, "What will we eat?" or " What will we drink?" or "What will we wear?" For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things, and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6: 25-34 (NRSV)

Pamela Hutto, from Florida, loves pelicans, not for their beauty but for their grace. Watching them glide through the sky calms her soul. Lately, her soul needed calming. She had been diligently searching for work, but she was met with rejection at every turn. Despite her constant pleading prayers, God was remaining silent.

One day Pamela was sitting on the beach praying as she watched the turquoise waves roll onto the shore. She saw a pelican soaring through the shy, and as she watched it searching the waves for fish, Pamela pleaded with God again to show her what she should do with her life. As the bird soared above the water keeping watch for its next meal, it spotted a fish and immediately dove in to catch it. Then the pelican emerged from the water and floated atop the gentle waves as it enjoyed its dinner.

As Pamela watched the pelican, her heart recognized God's message: "Thrust me, I am taking care of You." It was a balm for her weary soul. As God provides for the pelican, so God provides for Pamela; as well as you and me.

Prayer: Source of all that we have and are, help us to trust that you will provide for us and to be courageous enough to dive in when new opportunities come along, in Jesus' name, amen.

Thought for the Day: I will trust God to provide for me today.

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