"Fowls of the air"

As I was on my way to church one Sunday in January, I saw what to me was a great object-lesson. I was looking out of the street-car window, when suddenly my attention was attracted by a group of little birds with wings spread, seemingly having a joyous time. As the car passed them I saw that they were bathing in a pool of water, utterly unconscious of the winter weather. I thought that if we were but as free from fear as were those little creatures, what a vast field of possibilities would be unfolded to us, and what glorious liberty we would have! They were enjoying themselves just as freely as though it had been midsummer, with no fear of catching cold an having a lung fever because they were not in a warm bath-room. They had no false education, no acquaintance with "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil," therefore their eye was single, seeing only the good. The rain that had fallen the night before had furnished them a fine opportunity, and they were making the most of it.

How often do we blind ourselves to the good that is ever present with us, because of our fear of the evil which we believe grows on the same tree as good. The Bible says, "Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt." Let us know that as nothing but good can come from God, we may find in every circumstance an opportunity to prove His allness and so take advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate our freedom, as did the little birds.

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