As I sat on the glider this morning overlooking the back porch, I notice how our grass has a few significant rough patches scattered within the green: tufts of bleached brown, bald spots and gravel mounds. My thoughts lingered upon the bumpy areas when something from the furthest tree line caught my attention: a very determined bird.

I was startled out of my focus on the grounded imperfections and redirected to the resoluteness of my new valiant feathered friend. I watched the bird travel across the green, tufts of bleached brown, bald spots, and gravel mounds. My eyes followed as he went near our gutter to continue building a nest. Couldn’t he have picked a lovelier location to settle down, I thought to myself.

As I went back into the house, a gentle understanding washed over me, realizing I had been in a thinking rut these past few weeks. A particular verse came to mind: “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord” (Proverbs 21:30).

You see, the bird took the grass as well as the gutter and recognized them both as God’s provision, using them to build his nest. He didn’t allow the significant rough patches to deter him. He chose to persevere in his purpose. In fact, the nest itself had both green and brown grass, scraps and tufts of debris.

“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures” (Proverbs 24:3-4). Yes, rare and beautiful treasures — the wise bird was building his nest with rare and beautiful treasures. He understood that we are a collection of the landscape of all our experiences, making up our nests of faith.

As Believers in Christ, we have the opportunity to build our testimony of faith with rare and beautiful treasures by choosing perseverance and God’s purpose over worry and defeat. God sees the entire land when so often our limited eyes are drawn to the rough patches. The course we take can sometimes be unexpected and difficult, even when we have the best intentions for others and ourselves. Life is unpredictable to us; and yet, we are reminded, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

Yes, God is with us, enabling us with the steadfastness to continue regardless of how this world appears from eye level. In this surrender, our faith rises no matter how our earthly condition or circumstance appears to others. God’s provision of wisdom, grace, peace, and strength, offers us the ability to embrace our green and brown grass, the scraps and tufts of debris from our lives and call it all rare and beautiful treasures; understanding and embracing the whole of our lives and each another.

“…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

SGLY, dear readers.

(Smile, God Loves You.)

Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian author and opinion columnist. You can find her newly released books, “H.E.R.O. Faith” and “Bad Disciples” on Amazon. To submit feedback on SGLY, please contact news@amtrib. com. Follow Chartier on Facebook: facebook. com/ tiffanychartier and Twitter : @tiffanychartier