I find myself spending more time staring out my windows than I ever have before. (That’s life in 2020, right?!) The other day, I was admiring a beautiful bird with bright, bold colors. Then I noticed an ordinary robin, clad in mostly drab colors with muted red on its chest. It struck me that I looked right past the ordinary bird, not even seeing it as I watched its more intriguing feathered friend.
Do you ever feel like the robin in my yard, wondering if God has overlooked you? Maybe you look around and see others who are more successful or more spiritual. You feel ordinary—or maybe even worse than ordinary—and think God couldn’t possibly care about someone like you.
God is not like me—and that is good news! He doesn’t shower the attractive with His attention and ignore the ordinary. Our heavenly Father cares for all of His children. Listen to Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:
“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)
Two for a penny—back in Jesus’ day, sparrows were the cheapest animal you could buy for your sacrifice. Even the poor could afford to buy one or two. And we read in Luke that if you paid two pennies, you could get five sparrows—they were of so little value that they’d throw in an extra for free. You can’t get much more ordinary than that! And yet, these insignificant birds are of great value in the eyes of their Creator. Not one falls to the ground without His knowledge and involvement.
God’s care for us, His beloved children, is even greater, because we are of even greater value to Him. He knows each and every hair on our heads. God is concerned with and sovereign over even the smallest details of our lives. Nothing touches a hair on your head before passing through the hands of your loving, faithful, and sovereign heavenly Father.
No matter what you face this week, fear not—God values you and cares for you.
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