Awhile back I bought a twenty pound bag of birdseed. This was the economy bag and contained mostly small seeds like sorghum and almost no sunflower seeds. It was only six dollars and ninety-five cents after all; what can you really expect? I got Mom interested in feeding the birds too. It wasn't long before she had a pair of Blue Jays visiting her feeder. Some morning there would be a Blue Bird as well as the usual mob of sparrows. So Mom bought some high powered song bird mix. We took that lame low powered bird feed and mixed it together with the new stuff. Then we filled up the feeders, all day long we watched the Blue Jays and Cardinals feasting at Mom’s feeder. The little birds pecked and fought little wars in order to reach that high powered food. Then I came out to the Winnebago and I passed by my feeder. Do you know what? Some little bird had thrown all that high powered seed on the ground!
That got me thinking about the Word of God. Little birds like little seeds that are easy to pick up and crack open. People are like that when it comes to the word of God. We like verses that we can stick on coffee cups and quote of the top of our heads. Somewhere in my teenage years I got a coffee mug that had a lovely free form dove on it. The side of the mug read, “Rejoice Philippians 4:4” I loved that mug. I looked the scripture up and memorized the 4th and 6th verses of Philippians 4 so that what I ended up with was something that went like this, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” I liked that; it was happy. In my mind it meant that God was going to answer my prayers my way.
When I was nineteen I read the Bible through. Imagine my shock when I rediscovered Philippians 4. I had missed the point I had taken the best and thrown it out! What God had to say was so much better than my shallow re-interpretation. Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. It promised me God’s peace. Wow! What an amazing thing! God’s peace can help me when the world is falling apart. God’s peace can meet me when I am faced with unbearable grief. God’s peace can comfort me when there are no answers to, “Why?” God’s peace is powerful food.