Saturday, July 2, 2011

God cares for each tiny bird ~~ how much more for you?

from May 3, Diamonds in the Dust devotional, by Joni Eareckson Tada

His Eye on the Sparrow

"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."
Matthew 10:29

English Sparrows.  They're worth barely a penny, Jesus said so.  Yet of the world's nine thousand bird species, Jesus singled out the least-noticed and most insignificant of birds to make a point.

If God takes time to keep tabs on every sparrow --- who it is, where it's going, whether or not its needs are being met --- then surely He keeps special tabs on you.  Intimately.  Personally.  And with every detail in mind.

The Bible may point to eagles to underscore courage and power, and it may talk about doves as symbols of peace and contentment.  But God's Word reserves sparrows to teach a lesson about trust.  Just as God tenderly cares for a tiny bird, even making note of when it is harmed, or when it falls to the ground,  He gently reminds you that He is worthy of your greatest trust, your deepest confidence.

How do you approach God today?  Maybe you feel like a ragamuffin house sparrow clinging to an empty birdfeeder with no one to care.  Stop and remember the facts behind Matthew 10:29.  God does care.  He notices.

Try trusting the Lord today as would a sparrow.  No questions asked.  No fears that He won't come through.  Relax in the protection and provision of your greatest God.

Father, it's astounding to think that with so many things to care for, You have a heart for people the world considers small and insignificant.  Forgive me for not believing that You not only notice but intimately care for every detail of my life.  Help me today to believe You for the small things.  May I see every detail as an opportunity to trust You.

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