Matthew 10:29-31: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

Sparrows are indigenous to Europe, Africa and Asia. In the Americas, Australia and other parts of the world, settlers imported some species which quickly naturalized, particularly in urban and degraded areas. The fact that Sparrows are wide spread and numerous probably decreases their value in the eyes of humans. If they were hard to find, had feathers like a Peacock they’d be prized differently. So, nobody seemingly cares about the whereabouts of Sparrows, and in the Middle East way back then they were prized a penny a piece.

Feeling proud like a Peacock today or more like one of those countless sparrows, overlooked, underrated and unappreciated? How about your hair? Have you counted it lately? I guess that would be an odd question. Unless we are down to the wire and have little to no hair left, we wouldn’t count our hair. Or maybe someone takes a scientific interest in numbering hair follicles to find a cure for hair loss, but usually we’re not in the habit of counting hair – however, apparently God does, and what does this tell us?

If God keeps track of Sparrows and numbers the hair on our heads, do you suspect that perhaps God gets lost into details? Or do you think that God, who notices every little thing, will especially pay close attention to things that matter to us because we matter to Him? Birth, death, marriage, divorce, love life, work life, global warming, political climate, war and peace, friends and foes, it all matters to God. We are not alone. In fact we are never alone, especially in times we wished we were when things happen in the dark, things we are ashamed of and wished nobody saw. Unfortunately (or fortunately), that’s wishful thinking. God sees everything. By the same token, God also sees our despair and our need for redemption.

While we can be certain that nothing escapes God’s attention, we can also be sure of His enduring empathy. Our welfare is important to Him. Our pain is His pain. As we walk into tricky situations, we don’t walk alone. It’s important to know that we are highly valued in the eyes of the Almighty. We don’t need to convince Him to love us, He already loves us and always will. If we have such a strong advocate in Heaven, why not approach Him, why not trust Him, why not call out to Him? If nobody else pays attention to us, God certainly will!

“I gaze into the doorway of temptation’s angry flame
And every time I pass that way I’ll always hear my name
Then onward in my journey I come to understand
That every hair is numbered like every grain of sand”
                       Bob Dylan

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