I'm always amazed at birds, how blackbirds can swoop across a parking lot like a huge blanket of motion, how pelicans fly in formation over the ocean, how majestic eagles can shoot down toward the earth like an arrow when locked onto a target, how beautiful peacocks are when they spread their tail feathers. Birds fascinate me.
But what about sparrows?
They're cute, sure, and a bunch of them hopping around and searching for seed can be endearing, but they're not exactly the most majestic of their flighty peers. In fact, when I think of the word "bird," sparrows don't immediately leap to mind. They're small, humble creatures. They don't come to mind when one thinks of impressive plumage or powerful beaks.
But God loves them and watches out for them. And he loves and watches out for me, even when I buy into the lie that I should be more like a peacock or eagle or anything other than myself.
There are plenty of birds in the animal kingdom and plenty of faces in the Father's kingdom, and he loves all of us equally.
But I can forget this when anxiety strikes, when I feel like I'm facing a huge obstacle on my own. Or it could be an obstacle that is just huge to me.
For me, it's traffic; I HATE the chaos of unpredictable and distracted drivers. And I can forget that God is with me; sounds silly when I say that, but it's true. When I look at my circumstances and all of the potential "what ifs," I begin to put the brakes on my trust in God. And I forget the lesson of the sparrow.
I don't have to be big, flashy, or confident in my own abilities; I just have to trust that He has me in the palm of His hand and that my soul will find rest in that fact alone.
"If He can hold the world, He can hold this moment...Even the sparrow knows He holds tomorrow." - Jason Gray, "Sparrows"
"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. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows." Matthew 10:19-21