A Sparrow in the Pandemic

posted by Bethel Women | May 4, 2020

A Sparrow in the Pandemic

by Chris Mathieu

I've had lots of time lately to sit and enjoy the flowers, trees and birds in my backyard.  This year we've been treated to a large migration of White Crowned Sparrows.  Each morning and afternoon they, and a few goldfinch families, visit our waterfall, take baths, drink and just play.  Their song is pure joy!  Every time I see them I find myself humming, "His Eye is on the Sparrow," one of my Grandma's favorite hymns.  I can still hear her on the piano (or organ) singing this to me....

"Why should I feel discouraged,
Why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely,
And long for Heav'n and home,
When Jesus is my portion?
My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me."

It is easy to feel discouraged as the stay at home orders go on and on.  It's tempting to get cranky and angry with family, government, and even God.  There's so much uncertainty surrounding us every day.  

But the sparrows have been reminding me that God knows my heart.  He knows my fears.  And He is right here with me every moment.

"Let not your heart be troubled,"
His tender word I hear.
And resting on His goodness,
I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth,
But one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow.
And know He watches me."

Jesus says in Luke 12:6-7, "Are not five sparrows sold for 2 cents?  Yet not one of them is forgotten before God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows."

"Whenever I am tempted,
Whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing,
When hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him,
From care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me."

In Matthew 6:25-33 Jesus reminds us that we should not worry.  He feeds and cares for the birds and the flowers, and we are much more valuable than they are.  Instead, we are to seek Him first and He will care for us.  He loves us and He is faithful.

So I take my concerns to God and ask Him to give me wisdom in the way I respond to my circumstances.  I'm 71.  I have asthma.  Like it or not, I'm in the vulnerable group.  It's easy and human to be anxious and suspicious and angry.  But knowing that God is sovereign, mighty and in control, eases my mind.

I have a choice, so I choose to take every thought captive.  I choose not to allow anxiety, discouragement or fear in my heart, home and family.  I choose every day to walk in faith and not fear.  I choose Jesus.

I choose to be like the sparrows...

"I sing because I'm happy
I sing because I'm free
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me!"

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