A Sparrow by Deacon Joel Glover

I don’t know about you, but I know there are times I can’t help but think to myself, Lord, you do see what I’m going through don’t you?  I feel certain we have probably all, at some point, thought we were doing our best to live right, yet problems just keep coming.  (If the Lord feels far away, guess who moved)

Of course, I know the Lord is with me all the time, however I still wonder why I face some of the trials that come along.  When I feel this way, there is a song that comes to mind. The song is His Eye is on the Sparrow and it refers to verses from the book of Matthew.

In Matthew, Jesus used the sparrow to illustrate the depth of his care.  Although the cost of a sparrow was much less than a penny, He said not one falls to the ground without the Lord knowing it.   The verses went on to say that even the hairs on your head are numbered.  This tells me that God knows what I’m going through.  You might ask, If God knows what I’m going through, why doesn’t He do something about it?  Have you asked Him?  God has a plan and we will understand it better by and by.

Life isn’t easy.  Everyone has trials and tribulations.  In the song, “His Eye is on the Sparrow”  it asks, why should I be discouraged and why should shadows come.  Why should my heart be lonely?  A look at the inspiration for the song is interesting.  The song was written by Civilla D. Martin and Charles H. Gabriel. The inspiration was a wheelchair bound husband who cared for his bedridden wife yet had an inspiring hopefulness.  When asked how he could be so joyful, the husband replied, His (God’s) eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.

The song concludes:

I sing because I’m happy and I sing because I’m free. His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.

The Bible says you are worth more than a flock of sparrows!  The next time you see a sparrow, or any bird, remember, God’s eye is on you as well.


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