Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. — Luke 12:6 ESV
Look at the sparrows; they do not know what they will do in the next moment. Let us literally live from moment to moment. — Mahatma Gandhi
The Smithsonian Magazine calls the sparrow the most common bird in the world. And fickle as humans are, they don’t give sparrows their due value: that which is rare is valued far more. Of course there is always the one who sees value in all creation. That’s my friend, Marie.
Marie brought a new light to our Tuesday night small group. A lover of Jesus and all that he taught, the most descriptive word I can use for Marie is spiritual. That’s why when Marie chose Jesus’ teachings about sparrows as her favorite scripture, I wasn’t surprised.
Marie read from the twelfth chapter of Luke using her new translation, The Message: Jesus said “I’m speaking to you as dear friends. Don’t be bluffed into silence or insincerity by the threats of religious bullies. True, they can kill you, but then what can they do? There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life — body and soul — in his hands. What’s the price of two or three pet canaries? Some loose change, right? But God never overlooks a single one. And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail — even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.”
The scripture begins as a dire warning, she said, but ends giving me great encouragement. It sustains my hope on both a large and small scale.
God knows each of us intimately — right down to the number of hairs on our heads. God loves us intentionally and immensely. God holds us in his hands to protect us and to give us value.
“God’s eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.”