“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground, apart from the will of your heavenly father. And, even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So, don’t be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows.” NIV
Last Spring, I took a landscaping class. The teacher was a true nature enthusiast and a child at heart. He was completely delighted by all things outdoors, and was one of those people who had a job that he couldn’t quite believe paid him to do what he loved.
One night, he brought a bird feather to class. Not one of the long ones from a bird’s tail, but, a small soft one, likely from a bird’s belly. This feather was a thing of wonder. Each of its wisps was perfectly aligned, and there was a spotted pattern across all of it, as if it had been painted.
I remember thinking how amazing and how creative God is, that he would put such detail into something that very few people would ever see … even the birds themselves don’t seem to contemplate their feathers individually.
Our world is one of true wonders, and God had left surprises for us everywhere. He cares for us, he delights in us and in all of his creation.
In this verse, He reminds us that He values things much differently than we do. While we don’t value sparrows very much at all, He takes great pride in them, and knows each one. While I don’t even think about how much hair I have (except to complain that there is too much of it on very hot days) He knows exactly how much of it there is and how much there will be … today, tomorrow and on my last day here.
God values me. I have nothing to fear, and nothing to worry about.
The creator of the universe has me in the palm of his hand.
That’s what I’ll think about today.