Devotion in Motion: Happy Mother’s Day to all the “mama birds”

26 “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  Matthew 6:26 NKJV  

By Bro. John L. Cash

I’ve been watching the construction project going on outside my window this week. The tiniest sparrow I’ve ever seen is busy building a nest. Susan moved an old wicker chair (that came free with our house) out on the back patio last week, and the little mama bird believes she has hit the jackpot. She’s systematically pulling the straw out of the chair seat. She’ll have all the building material she needs to build a nest for her babies.

It seems to me our Heavenly Father has built all the mamas in the world using the same pattern. Mama birds spend their days gathering for nests, catching and delivering food, and sheltering their offspring from the showers of life.

Isn’t it true that human mamas spend their days doing these exact same things? And the work of all mothers is never-ending, requiring superhuman strength.  That’s why we rely on — and are so thankful for — the blessings of God. Jesus says God cares for the birds of the air. He cares for people, too, if they will only ask Him.

I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day. Enjoy the blessings of church, home, and family. And may the Lord bless you and everyone in your “nest.”

Dr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has spent the last 32 years being a country preacher in the piney woods five miles south of the little town of Hickory, Mississippi. He’s a retired Mississippi public schoolteacher with grown sons, and is now a stay-at-home-grandpa with his grandson, Landon Cash. He and his lovely wife, Susan, live in a brick house in town (where the house cat is busy watching out the window, too.) You can send him a note at