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.
Slightly Obsessed #186: When the Path Ahead Is Fearsome
The room was dark and shadowed, the only sound within its walls the rhythmic whoosh of the ventilator beside my son’s bed. I sat on an uncomfortable chair jammed into one corner of the room. In the faint light that fell from the window across the pages of the Bible I held, I tried to corral my stampeding fears long enough to find some comfort from God’s Word. Outside the door of his room, a cacophony of voices from the nurses’ station jarred our shattered nerves.
Slightly Obsessed #185: Clean
They were just turning down the lights in the sanctuary as I awkwardly slid into a seat near the back of the church. I was tired and soiled by the previous week. Life had been especially difficult, and I had not handled the pressure well. I felt completely unhinged spiritually and wholly unworthy to be in God’s presence. The worship team began with one of my favorite songs, and I hoped I didn’t look as vulnerable as I felt.
Slightly Obsessed #184: The Mark of Maturity
The infant finishes his bottle and smiles contentedly up at his mother. A trickle of milk courses down from the corner of his mouth. It’s a sweet scene because that’s what babies do. They are born with immature digestive systems and no teeth. Mother’s milk or formula are necessary for the child to survive and thrive. As they grow, their teeth begin to come in, their digestive abilities mature, and they can tolerate solid food.
Slightly Obsessed #183: He Knows Your Name
All sheep look alike to me. Defenseless, timid, and nondescript creatures, they tend to wander and get into trouble. When one falls, it needs help to get back on its feet. Its purpose in life is mostly to eat and make more sheep. It’s easy to see why Jesus equated them to humans. A line of sheep looks like a sea of wool and blank stares, huddled in a timid group behind their leader.
Slightly Obsessed #182 "When Speaking the Truth Makes You the Enemy"
The apostle Paul loved the people of God. After his conversion to Christ, he spent his life not only establishing churches, but also ministering to their needs. He often had the unpleasant duty of confronting issues that threatened the fledgling church, and his letters to the Galatians and to the Corinthians were especially aimed at keeping the churches rooted in the faith.
Slightly Obsessed #181 "The Moment before the Moment of Revelation"
The movie Ten Commandments famously depicted the rise, fall, and restoration of the Hebrew man who would one day lead his people out of Egypt. Set afloat as a baby in a basket to escape the wrath of Egypt, Moses was found by an Egyptian princess and unwittingly restored to his family to be raised as royalty. He was a man with a foot in two worlds, and his choice to follow the faith of his birth family cost him a king’s inheritance.