Belinda Kersey 7/10/07
Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Matthew 10:29-31“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
One of my fondest musical memories is Pastor Paul Clark joining the choir and singing the solo to “His Eye is On the Sparrow”. My teen mind could not imagine God’s eye watching every little bird in the world but if Pastor Clark sang it with such conviction then it must be true.
I was reminded of this the other day when our oldest son was having a particularly stressful week. He was trying his hardest to make everything fall into place regarding his college bill, needing a car, taking a summer class and so on. He was becoming very agitated that everything was not happening according to his desires!
Kendall had swooped into the house and tried to fly out the door to keep up his hectic schedule when a house sparrow decided to check out the inside. The bird landed on our fireplace and everyone was immediately intent on getting him out. Kendall held the door open while hubby Jeff attempted to guide the bird out.
Anyone who has ever tried to guide a sparrow knows this doesn’t work. The bird began to furiously fly around the room, narrowly escaping the ceiling fan blades. He was flapping his wings to beat the band. At one point we thought he would be taking permanent residence with us when he escaped the den and headed for the hall.
Miraculously, he landed in the living room where there was another outside door. We were able to open that door, block his escape to the rest of the house and shoo him back outside.
Afterward, I told Kendall God sent the bird to remind him God cared as much for him as he did that frightened sparrow. However, as I reflected further, I told him actually, the bird was acting just like Kendall-furiously flapping his wings to get out of a tough situation. If the sparrow would have landed and stayed still, Jeff would have picked him up and released him to fly.
Aren’t we all like that silly bird? We get caught in a situation that is overwhelming and we do everything within our power to change it when all our sweet, Father wants us to do is sit still and trust him. He will gently guide us to the place we need to be.
“Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come, Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home, When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He: His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;”
If possible, look out your window or walk outside and see if you can see a bird. Watch him and listen to his song. Imagine how many billions more are in the world just like him. Know your heavenly Father cares for you even more than He does each of them. If you know this old hymn, then sing it to Jesus with all your heart. If not, just repeat the above words to Him. Choose today to remember that God’s eye is on you and He is your constant, never-failing friend.