August 28, 2015
Luke 12:6 – 7: "Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings [one cent] and not one of them is forgotten before God?.... Fear ye not, you are of more value than many sparrows."
IN 1952, for Sunday-school attendance, I received a plaque that hung on my bedroom wall for many years. The words are:
Said the Robin to the sparrow,
"I'd really like to know,
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so"
Said the sparrow to the robin,
"Friend, I think it must be
That they have no heavenly Father,
Such as cares for you and me."
Undoubtedly, when Elizabeth Cheney penned the words she was thinking of Jesus' teaching, in Matthew's Gospel, about one little fallen sparrow getting the eye of a God bigger than His universe. As in this day, in Jesus' day sparrows were among the least valuable of all birds. They were so cheap then even the poorest could afford to buy two. Small wonder Jesus intimated that we, also fallen creatures, are more valuable than many sparrows!
Knowing and believing that, we can sing with assurance:
I sing because I'm happy; I sing because I'm free
For His eye is on the sparrow; and I know He watches me.
Why not go to YouTube and let George Beverly Shea, or some other singer, bless you with, “His eye is on the sparrow.”
Major Ira Barrow