Slightly Obsessed #009 - "His Eye Is on the Junco" by Pamela Thorson on 2012-11-14 12:46:13
Are not five sparrows sold for two cents?
Yet not one of them is forgotten before God.
The very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
It wasn’t a sparrow. It was a junco, one of the little winter birds that populate our area. Nondescript in color, their cheerful banter around the bird feeder nevertheless enlivens the gray days until spring arrives once again.
Yesterday I happened outside to find one of the juncos had fallen prey to our black cat, Dawn, who hunts with such relish we should have named her “Killer.” The poor little bird was badly wounded but had flopped to a corner of the basketball court in a feeble effort to escape. Killer sat nearby, enjoying the spectacle with smug satisfaction.
If I had left the bird for the cat to finish, it soon would have been mercifully over for the junco. But I couldn’t stand to watch the cat toy with it; I just had to intervene. I locked up the cat for a while to see if the bird would recover on its own. When it was obvious it couldn’t fly, I put it in a box and set it in a safe place away from the cats.
The junco died in the night, witnessed only by God.
This morning I removed the little body and was struck by how tiny and insignificant it seemed. Neither its life nor its passing affected the world in the least. Yet God knew and cared. If He does not forget the smallest of creatures, how much more must He care for the crown of His creation.
That should give us hope to go on.
Do not fear. You are not forgotten. You are more valuable than many juncos. You belong to a God who dresses the lilies, feeds the ravens, remembers the sparrows, names the stars, and counts every hair on your head. Not one detail of your life has escaped Him. He loves you fiercely. He has a plan for you, and He asks for your trust.
Do not be afraid, little flock,
for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.
About Pamela Thorson:
Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. She resides in the Northwest with her family.
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Some days we can barely hear it. Other days it drives us to our knees. But it’s always there; that persistent tug in our souls. Whether we trudge through our days or chase the stars of fame and fortune, we can’t drown out the cry that sounds silently in the pit of our being, jarring us with its urgency and moving us with its tears.
No matter what you may be going through in life, I want you to know that God's grace is sufficient for you. You may have messed up, you may have failed, you may have gone the wrong direction, you may have gossiped, or much worse, but God wants you to know that it does not define who you are. He does. He and His grace is much more powerful than anything you might have said or done. Grace always shocks. It always amazes, and it always stuns. Grace is what we all need. It's what everyone groping around lost in the darkness needs to know.
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