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Sunday, August 31, 2014

His Eye is on the Sparrow

Yesterday morning, Frank caught and killed a bird.  Tilly wanted the bird.  There was a fight.  This happened:
Poor Frank.  Poor Sparrow.  Poor me who had a phone call and three kennel appointments at the same time a bloodied cat was running through the kitchen.

Fortunately, the bite didn't hit his eye (though it was close) and he stopped bleeding quickly.  In fact, things returned to normal pretty quickly.  Except for the sparrow.  It was dead.

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care."  (Matthew 10:29 NIV)

This verse inspired a popular gospel song, "His Eye is on the Sparrow" with the line "And I know He watches me."

When I am distressed, I remember this verse.  So much of life is confusing and beyond my understanding.  God understands.

"His eye is on the sparrow."

No wonder the song was popular among African Americans struggling in post-Civil War America.  Struggling with feeling hated and insignificant, the words were a comfort in the big picture of life.

"And I know He watches me."

As our world gets smaller and we hear of every atrocity happening, we get overwhelmed and experience compassion fatigue from the non stop tragedies and injustice.

"His eye is on the sparrow."

Today, you may feel lost in the universe.  That no one cares about your problem.

"His eye is on the sparrow."

Need more proof?  Further on in the book of Matthew, chapter ten, Jesus adds "Surely you are worth more than a sparrow."

And we are.  Despite our mess, the Lord looks at His people as the crown of creation.

Pick up your crown (or tiara) and wear it, knowing that God has His eye on you. 

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