September 2020

SILLY RAVENS

“He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call.” (Psalms 147:9 NIV)

Ravens are amazing birds. They are undaunted by weather, harsh environments, and food supplies. They seem equally pleased with “roadkill” or restaurant dumpsters.

Ravens work diligently to provide for their offspring. They create impressive nests, sit dutifully, and feed the young like most other birds. One day, the parents move on leaving the babies to learn to fly and provide for themselves.

They are more fun to watch than a circus. The young will remain together for several weeks scolding each other. They call to any other bird as if to say, “Where is my dinner?” the other birds evacuate the area with haste.

After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. (Genesis 8:6-9 NIV)

The raven must have provided Noah and the crew entertainment as it unpredictably flew around. In contrast with the dove, it was ill-mannered. The Creator has a wonderful sense of humor.

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[a]26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

(Luke 12:22-26 NIV)

Our Lord is the best teacher. People struggle with worry. This parable provides hope. We, too, are reliant upon God. Crazy animals and birds help remind us to trust Him.

The ravens live one day at a time. What a sharp contrast with a squirrel which obsessively forages. Imagine this insane rodent with an online trading account!

Father, help us trust You for all material needs. Thanks for Your “Daily Bread.” We celebrate Your glory and humor. We find hope and correction in Jesus’ creative teaching. Further, we confess our anxiety over material needs. Please reassure us today of Your loving forgiveness. In the name of Jesus. Amen.