Jesus, Sparrows & 2010

sparrow 385In my last entry I alluded to Jesus pointing to the birds of the air as a reminder of God’s providence and care.  The passage I had in mind was Matthew 6:25-27 where he says, “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” 

Someone by the name of E. Cheney wrote a simple poem that addresses this: “Said the robin to the sparrow, ‘I should really like to know why these anxious human beings rush about and worry so.’  Said the sparrow to the robin, ‘Friend, I think that it must be they have no heavenly Father such as cares for you and me.’” This cute rhyme, like Jesus’ questions to his followers, challenges us to examine our faith.  Do we really believe that there is a God?  And if so, can we trust Him to take care of us?

In the Gospel of Luke Jesus mentions birds again, this time sparrows.  He says, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?  Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.”  The conclusion he draws from this is, “Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7) 

I think of Jesus’ teachings today as we prepare to enter a New Year.  As I’ve listened to or watched the news lately it’s clear that many people are looking ahead to 2010 with fear and anxiety.  Perhaps now is a good time to pause and remember that the same God who cares and provides for the birds we see all around us will, no doubt, care and provide for us in the year to come. 

Feeling nervous about the year to come?  Jesus says, “Look at the birds of the air…”


(I photographed this lovely sparrow at my home here in Pikeville.)