Have you ever caught yourself staring out the window wondering if everyone else is passing you in life?
Baby number 1, 2, or 3 shows up on your friends profile page.
A new house for someone else.
A dream vacation to that spot you’ve always wanted to go to.
A marriage. An engagement. A new car. A job promotion.
Have you ever left Facebook or Instagram and felt that you were three hundred steps behind everyone else?
It’s so easy to compare my life to someone else and to see all the good that is going on in their life. It is so easy to look into the highlight reel of that friend and not see the dark shadows that form around the horizon of their lifestyle.
Maybe we don’t see how the 6 digit salary comes at the price of overwhelming stress and little time with their child. Maybe we don’t see the health problem that is looming overhead. We don’t see the loneliness that is amplified from the accumulation of more toys and more trips.
Jesus talked about money so frequently in his teachings that is pretty startling. He said things like how it’s easier for a camel to fit into the eye of a needle than for the wealthy to get into the Kingdom of God. He relayed stories of people who went away sad because the cost of following Jesus meant that they needed to trust in him and not in their rich life. Harsh words relayed to an expectant group.
I look out my window as I type and see a few little birds on a wire, sitting there and chirping at each other. I look out my window and see that God cares for those songbirds. I’m reminded of the words of Jesus,
“Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?”
Maybe God will provide. Maybe God will be and is true to his word.