Have you ever seen a house sparrow? I bet you have. In fact, you have probably seen so many of them that you might not even notice them anymore. They are everywhere! House sparrows are little birds—only about 6-inches long. Male house sparrows have gray heads, white cheeks, a black chest, and reddish wings with black streaks. The females are plain brown with brownish-grey bellies. You can find them near houses, apartment buildings, parking lots, parks, and farms. Sometimes you can see them hopping along the grass in your yard or on your driveway looking for seeds, little bugs, or crumbs to eat. You could probably even find one on top of your roof or up in a tree right now.
In the New Testament, Jesus said that these common birds are worth less than a penny, yet God never forgets about one of them: “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God” (Luke 12:6 niv).
God keeps track of exactly what every little sparrow is eating, where it lives, and where it is going. He notices even if only one of His little birds is hurt or lost. God tenderly cares for the needs of each sparrow.
Jesus continued, saying: “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (emphasis mine) (Luke 12:7 niv).
If God takes such good care of little birds, imagine how much more He cares about the tiny details of your life. He loves you so much that He even knows how many hairs are on top of your head.
Jesus knows that sometimes we might feel invisible, forgotten, and afraid. But He has promised us that we have nothing to worry about. The Lord will always take care of us.
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Jen Galley is highly caffeinated and lives each day to the fullest with her husband, Jeremy, and their three beautiful daughters. She has served in children’s ministry for over fourteen years and is currently the family-life director at Oak Hills Church in Eagan, Minnesota. Jen is dedicated to equipping families to live a life with no seams between the ordinary and the sacred. She blogs about everyday faith at jengalley.com.