His Eye Is On The Sparrow — And You!
For us on Wednesday, it meant a call from the DNR game warden wanting to know if we were able to help with a rehabilitation. We've been called on in the past to try to raise fawns, but it's past baby season so I knew it wasn't a deer call.
Instead, I was presented with a very young nighthawk chick. He (I don't know if it's a boy, but I'm calling him "he") is just a couple of weeks old and is very lethargic. I'm having to force feed and water him right now until he gets his strength back. He's sleeping in a very nice box in the kitchen, and Molly is very protective of our new baby.
She was up with me every two hours all night long.
We can only imagine what happened to this nighthawk chick before he came to our house. he may have fallen out of his nest, or his mother might have been killed, or he may have just been abandoned. As I hold this tiny baby in the palm of my hand, I can't help but think of those verses from Matthew.
Are not two sparrows sold for a bathing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your heard are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31
This very special, feathered creation is known by an all-seeing, all-knowing God. While we don't know where he came from, God knows everything about him, even how many feathers are on his little body. He knows what it will take to keep him alive, how get him back to health and when it will be time to release him into the woods.
But more importantly, and much more precious, God knows and loves you. Yes, you right there. He knows the number of hairs on your head, the struggles you're going through today and how the future will play out from this moment forward. This should be your ammunition as you fight spiritual battles today, taking to heart how much He loves you, cares for you and protects you.
As you finish the week, take your focus off your circumstances and put them back on the Lord. Fear nothing, knowing that you are being taken care of like a precious jewel. His eye is on the sparrow - or in this case the nighthawk - but He values you above all else.