Matthew 10:29-30 says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Since I was a child, I have felt a kinship to the tiny bird named Sparrow. Today I was reminded why.
Sparrows are tiny birds that can squeeze themselves into tight spaces all at the same time being able to fly high above the tallest of trees. Their smallness in size and frailty in the body does NOT stop them from being THE bird that God speaks of in His word. he says they are the ones He cares for and knows when they fall. THIS right here had always comforted my broken soul. When I would feel alone or fragile or afraid or inadequate, I would remember the sparrow. “So do not fear; YOU are more valuable than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:31)
His Eye On The Sparrow
My mother’s favorite song was, “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” The song was written in 1905 after the songwriter Civillia Martin met a bedridden and crippled couple, who shined bright for Jesus – in spite of, and maybe because of! When asked their secret to their unwavering joy, the simple response was, “His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.” (Heart drops in my throat.) How powerful is THAT?! And the rest is history. From that couple’s pain, came purpose for generations to come. It is a song for the ages; a song for my mother; a song for me. “I sing because I’m happy. I sing because I’m free. His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”
“The bird also has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God.” (Psalm 84:3) These verses speak of a God caring and providing for the needs of – a bird. Amazing tender loving care. God is not too big to be mindful of the small.
Tiny Bird With Big Significance
Yesterday I was having a freak out worrisome moment which was threatening to drag me under. And at that exact moment, a current Christian song came on the radio, appropriately titled “Sparrows” by Jason Gray. The irony of all of it was NOT Lost to me. That the tiny bird that gave me hope way back in turbulent years when I needed to know my value, is the SAME tiny bird reminding me NOW that my value has NOT decreased. He still holds my tomorrows, like He held my yesterdays. God is STILL watching over me.
He who knows when a tiny bird falls, surely will NOT forget me. Nothing catches Him unaware. He has no forgetful moments. (Luke 12:6) “Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not ONE of them is forgotten before God.”
“If He can hold the world, He can hold this moment; not a field or flower escapes His notice. Oh- even the sparrow knows…” (Jason Gray, “Sparrows”)
What I love most about sparrows is the simplicity of how they relate to God and He relates to them. They know. They just know. I want that active in me, to just “be still, and KNOW.”