I was talking with “Molly” about the wisdom of being prepared for possible future disasters. During our conversation I stressed the importance of being ready spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. Part of the being physically ready is having a full pantry of supplies, not just for your family but also surplus to share with others in the event of an emergency.
Molly preceded to read me the riot act on how I was not trusting God to take care of me, my family and other Christians. I was chastised for not believing God would provide.
After listening for a while I asked, “Do you recall when Jesus said, ‘Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?’” (Matthew 6:26) “Of course”, she replied, a bit annoyed, “this is exactly my point. God will take care of us. You have just proved my point.” I asked if she ever watched birds - how they fly scooping up bugs, looking for seeds and other crawling stuff to eat. Eagles and hawks look for fish, small animals and birds to eat. When they spot something they chase hard after the meal. I believe part of the illustration for us is birds don’t just sit on a branch waiting for food to be presented to them. They are active all the time. Yes, the Lord takes care of them, but only after “hard work”.