by Alicia Jones - June 2, 2019

I absolutely adore bird watching. I have a seed feeder, suet feeder, and hummingbird feeder on my back porch. Every day, I watch my pretty red male cardinal, my blushing brown female cardinal, sweet mourning doves, a noisy little mockingbird, robins, a funny little hummingbird who zooms into my windows, and sparrows.There is something very soothing about hearing birds twittering and chirping, whether it’s on my couch with my cup of coffee or camping in the great wilderness.

While I know some people just really can’t abide birds, I’m not one of them. The sprightly little hop of the robin, the majestic soaring of hawks, the busy motherliness of our local Canadian geese with their goslings—can you tell that I just love observing birds and all their unique characteristics? Birds seem innocent. Little and delicate, yet free. I’ve rescued sparrows before. Once, from an old school bus, where one was trapped inside. And several times, my family and I rescued baby birds from snakes trying to devour them in their nests. Birds, while free to soar, have many predators and dangers. And, every time one falls to the ground, the Father sees it. Can you imagine? God the Father created something so little, so seemingly unimportant, yet He knows and cares every time one falls to the ground.

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows." - Matthew 10:29-31

In Matthew 10:29-31, Jesus says that we are worth more than the sparrows. He reminds us that the death of a little sparrow does not escape Him. So, how much more worth are we who are created in His image? Jesus specifically tells us in those verses to fear not. Amidst all the struggles and trials of life, He is watching over us. Nothing happens without His seeing it. Most importantly, He cares. Psalm 23 says that, even when we walk through the darkest valley, God is there with us. We need have no fear of evil days because He will comfort, strengthen, and guide us. Today, when life may seem rough and hard times overwhelm you, remember that you are worth so very much to the Father of love.

In what ways does creation point you toward our Father’s love?

Alicia A. Willis is a Christian Historical Fiction author, mother of two sweet babies (one in heaven and one on earth), ministry wife, and coffee connoisseur. When not doing research for her novels or teaching piano, she enjoys water colors, playing with her dogs, singing, and adventures with her hubby. Join her on social media or check out her website to learn more about her books and the ministry the Lord has called them to.

June 02, 2019 — Alicia Jones

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