Significance of the Insignificant Sparrow

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Every one of us, whether or not we are Christians, have days where life beats us up. Yesterday, I had one of those days. As the sun was setting, I walked back to my pasture, where I have a bench next to the fence. I sat down, closed my eyes, and prayed, “Lord, I need a hug from You.” Almost immediately I felt an overwhelming presence of His Love. I opened my eyes and looked through the woods at the back of my pasture and watched a most gorgeous sunset. Even though where my family lives just came out of extremely frigid temperatures and wind, we were blessed with 64°F for the day, which felt like a heat wave. As I was basking in the moment, the sparrows caught my attention. Despite the fact it was getting dark, I could see them hopping from branch to branch in the hedgerow next to me, enjoying the last glimmer of light for the day. As they were going through this ritual, before they bed down for the night, they were singing and dancing their little hearts out. I recognized them by their most beautiful song as White Throated Sparrows because of the melodious whistle like voice they have. As darkness fully took over, their singing and appearance finally subsided. At that moment, the sound of thousands of geese flying high overhead took over, to let me know that even in the darkness, life continues on. As I slowly walked across the field to my house, the Bible verses with Jesus’ words about how our Father in Heaven takes care of the sparrows filled my mind:

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29‭-‬31 ESV)

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 ESV)

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. (Luke 12:6‭-‬7 ESV)

When I got back to the house, I looked up on YouTube if anyone had captured the beauty of the evening song of the White Throated Sparrow. To my continued enjoyment, I found this:

Notice how the little sparrow seems to be proclaiming in its song, “He takes care of me!”

No matter how much I feel beat up by the world, I know that my Heavenly Father, who takes care of and knows the number of feathers on every single sparrow that has ever lived on this earth (no matter how insignificant they seem to the world) —–> cares much more about me and you! The following beautiful song captures the truth of this reality:

His Eye Is on the Sparrow

Why should I feel discouraged?
And why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heavenly home
When Jesus is my portion?
And my constant friend is He
You know, his eye is on the little sparrow
And I know he cares for you and me
His eye is on the little sparrow
And I know God is watching over you and me

I sing because my soul is a happy
I sing because I’m free
For His eye, it is on the little sparrow
And I know He’s watching over you and me

I will leave you with these two last Scriptures to reassure you that your Heavenly Father knows everything you are going through and cares, no matter how beat up and forsaken you feel by the world. All He wants from you is that you draw near to Him:

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. (Psalms 139:1‭-‬4 NLT)

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8a ESV)

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