Song Birds

Aren't five sparrows sold for two assaria coins? Not one of them is forgotten by God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore don't be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6 WEB

We live near the coast of South Carolina in the countryside and have a large oak tree in our yard that overshadows our porch. Sometimes we sit outside and read when the weather is nice, and it amazes me to see how many different types of small birds and animals come by when everything is quiet.

It is common to see blue jays, cardinals, doves, woodpeckers, wrens, mocking birds, finches, an occasional humming bird, and of course, the tiny sparrow. The air becomes filled with bird songs. Some of the little birds sing so loud that I wonder how can so much sound can come from such a tiny head. They could compete with my guitar amplifier.

The birds are accompanied by gray squirrels running up and down the tree, searching for an acorn to take back to their nest. Occasionally during their foraging, they will stop and peer curiously at us. At night, I have watched a possum strolling along the limbs and a rabbit racing back to the tall grass. That oak tree is home to so many of God's creatures, and a thriving community is happening there, all without our help. God takes care of them, as well as the oak tree. 'The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth' (Psalms 29:9).

Jesus told us that not even a small sparrow is forgotten by God. While Luke writes that five sparrows were sold for two pennies (Luke 12:6), Matthew writes that two sparrows were sold for one penny (Matthew 10:29). So if you bought two pennies worth of sparrows, you got an additional one free. Not even that free sparrow is forgotten by God.

Have you ever felt the Lord has forgotten you? I certainly have had times when I felt like that, but we are not to live by our feelings alone. Even the hairs on your head are all numbered (Matthew 10:30). The righteous will live by their faith (Hebrews 10:38). Feelings change like the wind, while God's word stands strong forever. His word is our anchor.

You may feel like the Lord does not care, but He wants you to know that He does care. You may feel that He doesn't know, but He wants you to know that He does know. You may feel that you have been forgotten, but He wants you to know that He will never forget you, His wonderful child.

So often we get concerned about this or that, when actually Jesus is the real answer to it all. We seek the desires of our heart directly, but God told us 'Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart' (Psalm 37:4).

The Lord knows exactly where you are today, you are not forgotten, His door is always open, and He wants you to trust Him. As you seek Him, your needs will automatically be taken care (Luke 12:31) just as the birds of the air. In God we trust.

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You so much for loving me. I am sorry for my lack of trust when things get difficult. Please strengthen me, speak to me in a way that I understand and help me build a deeper relationship with You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

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