The trees in back of our house and surrounding properties are filled with the chirps, whistles and songs of a plethora of winged vocalists all competing for which can produce the sweetest sounds. Filling our wild bird feeder has become a rewarding job. My family is blessed to watch all sorts of birds come to feed.
My love for winged creatures is peaked by the iridescent colors and movements of hummingbirds. I feel drawn to little sparrows too. Sometimes there are as many as a hundred and fifty at a time in our yard with even more in the trees. I once made a futile attempt at counting them—an impossible task with all the flitting around they do. When one of them lingers up close, waiting for a scrap of bread, chirping and cocking their little head to the side while looking up into my eyes, I get a tender, compassionate sensation. Sparrows are so fragile and small, and sometimes I can get them to trust being in near proximity for a long time.
It's given me a true love for these creatures. And a strong desire to protect and care for them. God too, cares for the sparrows. So much so that Jesus used them as an example of how much God cares for us and wants to protect us and provide for our every need.
"Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Luke 12:6-7
Today I pondered how small and weak a sparrow is compared to a person. And, how much smarter a human is than a little bird with a pea sized brain. I had to pause and think of how big and wise God is compared to us. When God looks at mankind He sees a frail little human with very limited knowledge. Surely He must have that same sort of tender feeling towards you and me as I do towards the sparrows, only much more so. God tells us how much He cares for the sparrows, and then indicates that He loves us a whole lot more than He loves the birds of the air. How He longs to protect us, to feed and provide for us, and to lead us home to be with Him forever in glory.
(For a deeper insight, read a few verses from Matthew chapter 6 verses 25 thru 34.)
If those sparrows would only trust me I could do a much better job of protecting and feeding them, but eventually they always fly away in fear. Do we fly away from God in fear?