|Today’s Scripture: Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And not one of them shall fall on the ground without your Father…Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29, 31|
Perhaps the most familiar species of wild birds, house sparrows are a common sight. These little creatures have nothing special about them. Their life span is only three years, they weigh only 0.087lbs., and they are usually about 6.3″ in length. Their vocalizations only consist of three notes and are very short. In other words, even its song is unimpressive. These humble, little birds live around us in abundance, but no characteristic they possess causes them to stand out. In fact, when they are hopping about around us or flying overhead, we normally do not even notice their existence.
Like the tiny sparrow, sometimes it feels like we have nothing special to offer. There always seems to be someone else somewhere that could do a much better job and possesses greater talents than we do. There are some who are better at sharing the gospel with strangers, some who are more intelligent, others who are better speakers, or are more gifted vocalists. But think about it, out of all the birds God could have chosen to illustrate His tender compassion toward His children, He decided upon that seemingly nondescript aviary. Those birds did not need anything outstanding for God to notice them. He took note of them exactly the way they were.
Friend, just as He cares about each one of those little birds, He cares about us. Life brings along storms that are tough to get through and difficult to see the end of, but our Lord has not forgotten about us; He never will. Like a fallen sparrow, He is holding you in the palm of His hand. God does not need you to be extraordinary. He already is the extraordinary, and He uses the weak things of this world to confound the wise. And, when you let Him use you, He can do greater things in you than you could ever be capable of on your own.
When it doesn’t feel like His eye is on the sparrow, in those times when you can’t feel His gaze on you, you need to keep your eyes on Him. Sometimes life feels like a downpour that you just can’t fly through. It seems like most of your time is spent on the ground instead of in the air spiritually soaring. Your Lord will not always remove the darkness and let the light shine through right away. There are times when He allows you to experience the hardship so that you will know the strength found in His hands as they uphold you through the insurmountable. Don’t be a despairing sparrow. Be ready, be willing, and brush that dirt off your wings. Your God has plans for you to soar again.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.