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Weekly Devotional

Sparrows

Reflection by Phil Braudaway-Bauman

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear;
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;…
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”

 

Forgotten? By 1905, the year Civilla D. Martin penned these lyrics, the output of the Olds Motor Vehicle Company, Cadillac, and Ford were fairly commonplace. But it seems unlikely an itinerant Galilean preacher centuries earlier could have imagined the miracle of 2,750 pounds of sheet metal, plastic, fabric, and electronics that, when combined in a very specific way, results in a 2008 Honda Civic LX.

So when Jesus assured his disciples, “Not one sparrow is forgotten in God’s sight….Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12), I rather doubt he foresaw my Civic, as it rounded a turn of the Mystic Valley Parkway, tragically striking a sparrow perched mid-lane. Was God really watching that one, or was it perhaps forgotten, obscured by the unfathomable complexity of our modern world?

Watched: Like others sharing the sidewalk, I kept my eyes fixed firmly ahead, focused on my destination. But the erratic motions of the woman striding toward me caught my attention. As she approached I saw her hands held breadcrumbs, which she was tossing toward the curb. If not for her, would anyone have noticed the knot of excited sparrows flitting in time with her step? Was God aware of them?

While keenly aware of “my doubts and fears,” I find hope in Jesus’ assurance of God’s providence. Sparrows, never forgotten, both live their days and die under God’s watchful eye. Divine presence is all around. Tragedies occur, grace abounds, for us as well as for sparrows. None of it is hidden from God, who values us all.

“When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”
 

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