Matthew 10:29 (NKJV)
“Are not two sparrows sold for one copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.
It was early morning, on a dark autumn day. The sun had just begun to think about rising. I slipped quietly out of bed, donned my workout clothes and willed myself toward the awaiting treadmill in our unfinished basement. As I walked, barely awake, I was watching my usual morning episode of Joyce Meyer on the television. The sun had just began peeking over our back hill.
Suddenly, I caught a glimpse of something out of the corner of my eye and heard a thud. I turned to see a little bird fall to the ground outside the sliding glass door. I watched, it didn’t move, and it broke my heart. I couldn’t stand the thought of that poor little bird just lying there, so I went outside to check on it. I discovered that it was a darling green hummingbird. The idea of burying that poor bird, or worse, an animal coming to eat it really tore at my heart. It appeared totally lifeless, unmoving with its wing twisted in an unnatural position. I felt terrible and just knew I had to pray for the bird to live. I wanted to lay my hand on it, but I didn’t want to harm its feathers. I picked up a leaf, set it on the bird under my finger and prayed for the tiny bird to be healed in the name of Jesus. As I prayed with my finger gently laid on his (or her) breast, suddenly the tiny bird flipped over under my finger. But then he lay still again. Perplexed, I went back to my exercise while I continued to pray. I watched him lie there in the grass outside the door. I couldn’t shake the notion that I just had to go back and lay my hand on him again. This time, I went out with a piece of paper towel, in order to protect his feathers. Again, he was perfectly still. I laid the paper towel and my finger on his tiny body again. “Be healed, in Jesus name”, I prayed again out loud. To my surprise and delight, he sprang to new life and shot away so fast he was a blur! I was thrilled and more than a little amazed at God’s love and power touching that tiny bird. At that moment, I remembered the old hymn I heard as a girl in the Lutheran Church I grew up in. The chorus said, “His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.” I truly knew, in that split second, God’s compassion and love for the tiniest creature and it warmed my heart.
How about you? Do you need a reminder today that God is watching over you? Matthew 10:29-31 says, “Are not two sparrows sold for one copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore you are worth more than many sparrows.” Let the new life and restoration given to a hummingbird through a simple prayer, remind you that Jesus is travelling with you on the road of everyday life. He cares about the fallen hummingbird in my backyard. He cares that I cared enough to pray a crazy prayer of faith for a tiny, broken bird. He cares about you. He numbers the very hairs on your head and reminds you today, “Do not fear… you are worth more value than many sparrows.” (or hummingbirds)
Be blessed today and remember that God is with you every day and that He cares about the smallest things that concern you.