Peace not fear

He was shivering, cold and sitting in the myrtle tree but singing the prettiest song.  All fluffy, he seemed to not have a care in the world while looking for his morning breakfast.  I saw the grey bird this morning in the extremely cold wind.  I smiled thinking about all how much God cares for that little bird. And how much more He cares for me.

Jesus told his disciples not to fear those who would want to harm them. But that they could be at peace knowing He would take care of them.  He compared them to the sparrows.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.”  Luke 12:6-7

Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle of Elmira, New York knew the strength of this peace.  Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for 20 years and her husband was an incurable cripple who lived in a wheel chair.  Yet, they lived happy Christian lives bringing inspiration to others. In the summer of 1905, Civilla Martin and her husband befriended the Doolittles.  One day, Dr. Martin asked them for the secret to their bright hopefulness.  Mrs. Doolittle commented, “His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.” Inspired by this comment, Civilla went home and penned the words to this famous hymn:

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

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

Jesus sees and cares about all the sparrows yet we are worth more than them.  He knows all about us, whether we know him or not.  He knows what we are going through at this moment.  He knows how we feel, the burdens we are carrying, the difficult choices we have to make and the hard daily work of providing for ourselves or our families. He has not forgotten us.

Abiding with Jesus and knowing He cares about me brings such peace. Just like He hasn’t forgotten the sparrows – the little birds in the dead of winter. He hasn’t forgotten those who are near him. They are more precious than those little birds. He brings peace not fear.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on…Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”  Matthew 6:25-26

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