The Miracle Of The Twigs

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Matthew 6:26 – Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? (KJV)

The Sunday School attendance was beginning to grow, much to the joy of the workers. With this new development, the workers decided to commence a weekly Kids Craft Club. However, in their enthusiasm, they had overlooked the fact that this added expense had not been budgeted. Having had some experience in preparing crafts on a "shoestring," I volunteered to produce crafts and to package them into individual kits for each child.

The winter months and the Christmas season had provided many ideas, but I wanted to prepare for the coming spring, and to focus on the return of the robins. Making a sample for the teachers to follow, I used felt fabric of various colours and shapes to form the mother robin, with a tiny worm of felt dangling from her beak, and a nest holding two tiny chicks. I glued this to a square of felt decorated with cut-out shapes of greens, browns, and blues to form the landscape and trees, and then glued it onto a square of cardboard. A piece of yarn looped through two holes at the top completed the project to enable the child to hang it on a hook. I wanted the felt claws of the mother robin to be resting on a natural piece of twig. Although it was late winter, deep snow still covered the land, and the possibility of the snow melting was not part of the weatherman's report. Twigs were an impossibility!

I have a habit of looking through a glass-panelled door each morning to see what the weather has given us during the night. Changing my usual routine, I looked out of the bedroom window, and, to my utter amazement, I saw two twigs standing up through a deep snowdrift in the garden. These twigs should have been lying flat under the weight of the snow, but here they were, like two sentinels, waiting to be used to complete the crafts. The twigs proved to be just enough to include a small piece in each kit.

The Bible verse that I had chosen for the project was today's Scripture. As I thought of the millions of birds that are sustained by the hand of God, it was a very small matter for God to supply some twigs. However, it was the timing, which was perfect, and, from those twigs, I learned a great lesson in faith: from our very smallest need, to the most challenging event of our lives, God is interested and is there for us.

Prayer: Our gracious heavenly Father, may we remember that You know and record even our thoughts. You provided twigs, though no request in prayer was made. You were aware of the need and supplied it. May our faith increase, and our confidence grow, as we place every anxious thought into Your hands. We make this petition in and through the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

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