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Consider the sparrow......



Consider the sparrow they don’t plant or sow
But they’re fed by the Master who watches them grow

~from Consider the Lilies (Joe Hemphill)


Hello my friends......I know I have been MIA in the blogging world lately. No specific reason, just a combo of many reasons......my daughter is continuing to save the world, one goat at a time......we have been visiting friends, enjoying the weather/summer......and have been also been battling our share of trials (but keep reminding ourselves that these are just tests)

But sometimes trying to remember that these are just "tests" is a challenge. Sometimes in the middle of it all.....I will admit that I get anxious and worried. That brings out the control freak in me and then I start spinning my wheels trying to "fix" everything. But these things cannot be fixed by myself......I cannot make people do what I want them to do or make choices that I feel is best for them. I cannot magically make more money get deposited in my checking account, although that would be nice, wouldn't it?

This past weekend.......after all my attempts and scramblings, I ended up in that familiar place of weariness, frustration and helplessness. I felt physically and emotionally drained....I also have been noticing that my spiritual health is on the fritz as well. It's like I scramble and exhaust myself trying to find the answers and solutions, and then throw in a quick prayer to God at the end of the day. I am not sure if I feel my issues/problems are too insignificant for Him, that He has way more important issues to tend to....or that I am forgetting His promise that He will never leave me or forsake me. I am thinking the it is a little bit of both.

So yesterday morning.....still feeling spiritually dry.....I sat outside my front porch contemplating going to church. (how's that for brutal honesty about where I am at) As I drank my coffee, this teeny little bird flew over to the a dangling branch of my Weeping Cherry tree. The branch was right about eye level and she just sat there.....I swear......looking right at me. There was this amazing sense of peace about this little creature. She did not look concerned that the fragile branch she was perched on was going to give away, she did not look hungry or anxious of the threat of any predators (that would be one of my cats that was curled up under the tree liking his chops)

It was then that I felt God say these three powerful words to me.......

.....consider the sparrow......

It was then that I remembered what has been taught to me about the sparrow. So insignificant were these little birds that if you bought four sparrows the seller would throw in one more for free. It was this extra sparrow of which Jesus said, "and not one of them is forgotten before God." (Luke 12:6-7) He cares so much for His creations..... is so great that even this extra sparrow is noted and observed by God! So if we are taught about how He shows such concern for all the birds in our world.....how could I think he is not concerned and caring about me?And how I am far more precious to God than all the sparrows combined.

He also reminded me that He knows my troubles and understands my fears. I just need to trust Him just as this little sparrow does. She was not panicking, fluttering around......all flustered and worried. No....she was at peace....knowing that God's eye is on her at all times.

And I was pleasantly reminded that His eye is on me at all times.


And you as well.


Peace, love and stay barefoot~
*~Michelle~*

20 comments:

JC Dude said...

I love when the Father speaks so powerfully and so deeply into our spirit.

His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches....me!

Thanks for sharing!

Bill (cycleguy) said...

Love the thought you put into this Michelle. I love the lesson as well. Sometimes it is the little things that remind us. sort of like "He wasn't in the whirlwind" type of action. You are prayed for.

LoveFeast Table said...

It is those simple moments with Him that are often the most life changing.

Bridget Chumbley said...

Beautiful, Michelle. What a great reminder (I needed it!). Thanks for sharing this, my friend.

katdish said...

How much I needed this right now. Trust in Him. Yes. Praying for you, my friend.

tomraines said...

Love it! I do love watching my birds. Thanks for sharing!!

Angela said...

I have done the same thing...be sitting outside, listening to the birds, watching them and that scripture will come to my heart...makes me think,,makes me realize how God cares for them, will He NOT care for me...

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Michelle, I appreciate you -- both here and over in my comment box as you spoke to the topic of loneliness on David's guest-post.

Honestly, it sounds to me that God and you and a sparrow had "church" right there on the front porch.

He loves you so.

Cheryl Smith said...

ah, yes. God speaks on the porch. In the yard. and sometimes, even at church.

Love the honesty and transparency here. Surely God does too.

Michael said...

Beautiful. Thank you for the reminder.

Andrea said...

My dear, your prayers are just on time...never late...but GOD prompted just in the nick of time. Please continue to pray for myself and my family. I have so much to be thankful for..yet the enemy has one new rotten tomato he is using to try and torment myself and my sister with. She is not holding up as well in the battle. Her name is Courtney. Please pray that she will rise above the enemies torment and soar on eagles wings with her Heavenly Father. GOD bless you for once again, being so sensitive to the Holy Spirits prompting!
Hugs,
andrea

Mich said...

Love the way God often chooses His creation to display His love for us.

Hang in there, friend. We all have our days when we get boggled down with the things and emotions of this world. But God is bigger.

prayers...

Billy Coffey said...

Hang in there, Michelle. Praying for you and loving your words.

~*Michelle*~ said...

Thanks everyone for all the encouragement and prayers.....

we know we will always find Victory in God and trusting His will!

xox
*~Michelle~*

Kim said...

Love the honesty.

So touching.

Shirl said...

God is so faithful! Yet we all seem to go where you've been... And yet, He loves us still!

Deborah Ann said...

I wrote a devotional about this very thing. The birds are a wonderful picture of God's provision, aren't they? Everytime I'm tempted to throw in the hat, I say "This is for the birds!"

Warren Baldwin said...

Great thoughts. And I haven't thought of that song in years!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

I love this. It's a great reminder of God's love and care for us. May we remember that He always takes care of us...even when we're not paying attention.

lamikayty said...

I know its been so so long...but this post blessed me today! God bless

 

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