Look at the birds

Little Wattlebird

Little Wattlebird        Photo credit: Trevor Hampel

Reading: Matthew 6: 25 – 34

Over the last ten years or so I have become known as the “Bird Man”. One of my passionate interests is watching and learning about the birds we see around us every day; in the garden, flying overhead, seen while driving and when we get out bush.

Some of this interest has developed into reporting what I have seen to several databases which collect such information. This is my small contribution to caring for our environment.

I also have matched this interest with a love of both photography and writing. On most occasions when we go bush I take my camera with me. I am always on the lookout for getting photographs the birds I see. Then at home, I share the best of these photos online, writing about them. Over the last few years, I have also had dozens of invitations to speak to various community groups in this area, illustrating my talks with some of the many thousands of photos I have taken.

As we read in today’s reading from Matthew’s gospel, Jesus was also aware of the birds. He used them to illustrate the lesson he was trying to convey to those who were listening. He tells us to “Look at the birds” in our everyday lives. They don’t sow, or reap, or gather into barns – yet God looks after them. Aren’t you worth more than the birds?

This whole passage teaches us not to be anxious, not to worry, and not to be too concerned about everyday things. God will provide for us. Rather than letting those things concern us, we should instead “seek first his kingdom, and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”


Noisy Miner

Noisy Miner         Photo credit: Trevor Hampel