Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. - Matthew 10:29
God has allowed my family a front row seat to watch how he cares for his sparrows. A couple of literal love-birds decided to make our front door their home. They made a nest on top of a wreath attached to the glass front of our door. From little speckled eggs to fat chirping birdies, we have been allowed to watch these babies grow. Now we have a happy family of five. Extremely cool. Even if they are the lowliest of common birds.
Being able to observe these sparrows each day reminds me constantly of God’s care for his children. As Jesus said in Luke 12:6-7, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” God’s care for his creatures is amazing. He sustains all wildlife on earth, providing habitat, food, and life itself. Not a single one is forgotten before God.
Do you ever feel forgotten? Ever feel like the lowliest of common humans? Like just another sparrow among millions of other sparrows? Let God’s words encourage you today - listen when he says, “Fear not” (v.7). God says you are more valuable than many sparrows and he has even numbered the hairs on your head. Do you know how many hairs are on the heads of your children? No, you don’t. Because you didn’t put them there, God did. He is their Creator and yours, and God cares for his creation. If God declares you valuable, then that is what you are.
Take the time to recognize his care for you. From the general graces of sun, oxygen, housing, food and water to the blessings of family, friends and possessions. All from God. For believers, our blessings from God are unmatched. Grace upon grace, love, forgiveness, peace, strength, eternal life and on and on. To say he cares for us sounds utterly inadequate. He lavishes us with blessing upon blessing and says there is more to come. How can we not praise him forever?
We have another huge advantage over the birds of this earth. God made us in his image and gave us a voice - we can speak. We can ask our Father to give us what we need. “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11. “Ask, and it will be given to you;” Matthew 7:7. We have a Father who has authority over all things and a desire to bless his children. Ask him for what you need and give him glory.
The full nest on our front door has made it through thunderstorms and windy days. The momma bird even survived an unplanned visit inside our home. One night she flew in the front door along with the boys. It took us a long time to corral her out the back door. We thought she might die from fright or exhaustion, but she recovered and found her way back to her little ones.
Ladies, you too will find yourself in storms and the winds of this world will try to knock you down. There will be days where you may find yourself where you do not want to be. But your Father is faithful. He holds you in his hands and will not let you go. As he cares for the lowliest of common sparrows clinging to a front door in Cascade, Iowa, he will certainly care for you.
“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 6:26