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Just a Sparrow

Read Luke 12:1-12

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God's sight. Luke 12:6 (NRSV)

Ruthie Solitario lives in the National Capital Region in the Philippines. Her family is fascinated with birds, and they try to identify them whenever they are outside. One morning Ruthie saw an unusual and interesting bird. She didn't have binoculars ready, so she tried listening for the bird's song. Unfortunately she couldn't make out its sound because many sparrows were singing at the same time.

Ruthie was disappointed as she headed home. she looked up one more time and saw a sparrow flying from roof to roof. Ruthie thought, It's just a sparrow. She resented the fact that the sparrows had kept her from identifying the unusual bird. Sparrows are beautiful and sing melodiously, but because she sees them all the time they are not exciting to Ruthie.

Suddenly, Luke 12:6 came to mind. Even the common sparrow is remembered by God and is under God's sovereign care. Often we feel lonely, forgotten, or unimportant. But that doesn't mean we are lost. We can celebrate sparrows, and ourselves, because the Lord knows us and sees us, no matter how insignificant we may consider ourselves to be. And this is the proof: Jesus died for us! Our sovereign God ultimately gives us identity and declarers our worth. Just as God does for the sparrows, God always remembers and care for us.

Prayer: Sovereign God, we know you look lovingly upon all of your creation. Thank you that all your creatures are precious in your sight, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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