February 26 – The Sparrow

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

February 26 – The Sparrow

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31).

I suspect that you can tell me the minutest details about someone you love. For instance, what distinctive thing did you notice at first.  In your child was it fingers or ears, toes or eyes, dimples or cheeks?  When you fell in love the first time, was it was a smile or the way their eyes flashed when they got excited, did their cheeks blush when they smiled at you?  Do you remember a parent’s hands or a voice quieting you in the night?

We love and we notice things about those we love.  The way their hair curls on one side of their head, but not the other, the tiny blemish on the top of their hand, the way their nostrils flare in anger.

We get to know those whom we love and we understand more intimate things, things that no one else gets to experience. We understand that their greatest fears stop them from being so much more, we hear them crying in the quiet because they miss a family member who has died, we discover what their great hidden passions are and hope to make those a reality for them.

Love calls us to know details, no matter how large or small.  The sparrow seems to be the most ubiquitous bird on the planet, yet God knows them all and he knows how many hairs are on your head.  No detail about you is too minute for God to care about.  He loves you and He knows you.