“For only a penny you can buy 2 sparrows, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. As for you, even the hairs on your head have all been counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth much more than many sparrows!”
One day while my husband was mowing the front yard, this baby Mockingbird came dangerously close to being inadvertently run over. Hidden by the tall grass, she had fallen from the comfort of her nest only to land precariously in the direct path of the lawnmower. Blessedly, my husband spotted her at the last moment and she was spared the impending doom. As we safely restored the baby bird back to her nest in what we fondly call “operation rescue,” I began to ponder how closely our perspective of God can be directly related to our circumstances in life.
As unexpected trials come our way, it can be tempting to wonder if God has forgotten or even forsaken us in the midst of them. If we are not careful, this type of perspective, birthed in less than favorable circumstances, can lead us away from the security of God’s “nest” in search of comfort elsewhere. Like this Mockingbird, it can be easy for us to unwittingly fall into harm’s way apart from God.
How about you? Have you ever had moments in your life where you feel like you are “happily chirping” along only to be blindsided by an unexpected change in life’s circumstances that leave you feeling forgotten by God or “mowed over” so to speak?
How comforting is to know that while our circumstances can change in the blinking of an eye, God’s knowledge and concern for us never changes! “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!” (Heb 13:8) At all times, we can trust in God to be leading, fighting, and carrying us when we are too weak to find our own way. “We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there may be many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.” (2 Cor. 4:6-9) In union with Christ, we have become God’s friends… and even the “number of hairs on our head” are known by Him. We can trust that even in the midst of our trials, God is with us from beginning to end.
“Let us be brave, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. (Heb.4:16) We can be confident in Christ knowing “we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.” (Heb.4:16)
For as this scripture reminds us, we are worth much more than any sparrow! Or Mockingbird!