“OVERHEARD IN AN ORCHARD”: HOPE AND CALM ASSURANCE

Below is a poem that has been meaningful to me for several decades. It still reminds me to have hope and calm assurance. The poet used a conversation overheard in an orchard between the robin and the sparrow to express a powerful truth about God’s care for His creations — both birds and humans. Just as He takes care of birds, He takes care of His children.

God’s children who trust and obey Him do not have to be weighted down by worry nor overcome by anxiety. Instead we can live by faith because our heavenly Father is with us always and because He cares for us. Such faith and trust gives hope for daily life and results in calm assurance.

OVERHEARD IN AN ORCHARD

Said the robin to the sparrow,
“I should really like to know
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so.”
Said the sparrow to the robin,
“Friend, I think that it must be
That they have no Heavenly Father
Such as cares for you and me.”
(Elizabeth Cheney)

Today’s world has brought pandemic fears, financial strains, racial unrest, and uncertainties regarding nearly every aspect of the life we used to know. We need hope. We need calm assurance that we have a heavenly Father Who cares for us.

Consider the robin’s observation and the sparrow’s conclusion in the little poem by Elizabeth Cheney (1857-1940). Trust the One Who takes care of the birds. He loves you even more and longs to have a relationship with you. He is able and willing to give you hope and calm assurance.

Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”  (Matthew 6: 26)

“Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”  (Psalm 55: 22)

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow
of the Almighty.”  (Psalm 91: 1)

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day nor the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.”  (Psalm 121: 1-8)

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