Don’t be afraid, you are worth more than the sparrows”
As I was thumbing through some new posts on www.pinterest.com the other night, there was one particular canvas that caught my eye. I had to “PIN” it to my “Inspirational” page. It said I was covered by His feathers. I then reflected back to a college speaker we had in chapel one day. Typically, I either didn’t GO to chapel or it was a social or study time. Not too many students were there by choice. But on this particular day, I paid attention to the words that were spoken. The following is a paraphrase. I cannot tell you the speaker’s name, as it was thirty years ago! This is what I do recall.
“I was at a low time in my life. I was losing everything. My family, my friends, my health. I had decided the world was not any better off with me in it. So as I hit the highway driving like a mad man, I heard the thump. I had hit a bird. I felt horrible. I stopped my car and slowly got out to see how badly the little guy was hurt. The sparrow lay lifeless. So there, on the roadside, I bent down over this tiny broken bird and I cried to God, “I know your eye is on this little sparrow, please, please, Lord ~ see me, too. I am broken, too. I need help.”
I will never forget this illustration. Haven’t we all been there? Broken. Seemingly our lowest place in life. We’ve felt we’ve lost everything, no one cares about us, God has forgotten us and certainly, nothing can ever be the same.
And then there’s a little ray of “HOPE”. It can sneak up when we least expect it. We only need that glimpse of hope, and it can begin to sprout into more hope. Who knows where that may lead. And I guess that’s my story for today. I just want to remind you to hang in there. I wanna remind ME to hang it there, too. No matter what you may be going through, you are of more value to HIM than the sparrows.
http://youtu.be/mOm2mMusqUw ~ please click! (My favorite “sing in the car” song, by Selah)
“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them won’t fall to the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear, you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31).