A View through the HUMC Sunroom’s back door
Last week Thursday, I decided to work from the Sunroom at the church instead of my office. As I sat there, with my eyes back and forth between the computer screen and my book, I was not paying attention to what was going on outside.
Then suddenly, I looked through the back door. I could see forty or fifty black birds and sparrows eating from the grass, playing, singing and chasing one another.
As I was charmed by this beautiful scenery, I noticed that the sparrows didn’t mingle with the blackbirds. They were eating separately in their own corner as if they didn’t want to get into trouble.
My attention was also caught by the black birds going to the bird feeder at Lorraine’s house. None of the sparrows did venture there.
If you believe in social Darwinism, the idea of natural selection that some are chosen over others and are pre-determined to be stronger, you could make the case why the black birds controlled the eating space instead of the sparrows.
In our society, Social Darwinism has been used to justify so many erroneous ideologies and assumptions, from race superiority, social inequity, to injustice and even salvation. I don’t, of course, subscribe to it and take every opportunity to refute it.
As I contemplated the birds feeding from the grass, the words of Jesus in the Scriptures came to mind, “look at the birds of the air: (in my case birds were on the ground) they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Don’t worry about what you will eat or wear…” (Matthew 6:26-27)
Biblical scholars argue that Jesus was referring to a type of worries that turn to negative anxiety that sooner or later leads to depression. Being anxious is not all about being negative. There is the kind of anxiety that is positive and thrust us to creativity and innovation.
Next time you watch the birds in your backyard or gardens, internalize the notion that God takes care of you through different means and via people we encounter in our life. Should you have reasons to be worried for anything, make the intentional decision not to let negative anxieties overcome you, instead turn them to positive outputs.
In His Name,