Every winter when I put out seed for the birds, sparrows far out number all the other birds that visit the feeders.

As most of you know, I love photographing birds, and while I’ve taken lots of pictures of sparrows, they really aren’t one of my favorites. I must confess I’ve been guilty of hearing birds at the feeders, looking out, then thinking, “Oh, it’s just more sparrows.” And yet, whenever I see the sparrows congregating at the feeders, I’m reminded of what God’s word says about them and the implications His concern for even the sparrows has for you and me.

“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:28-31

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” I Peter 5:6-7

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27

These passages of scripture always remind me of the old hymn His Eye is on the Sparrow by Civilla D. Martin and Charles H. Gabriel:

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.

Refrain:
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.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Refrain:
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.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Refrain:
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.

As you read through the words to this old song, did you find yourself humming along? I know I did. But even more importantly, did you take time to allow the truth of the words to soak deep into your soul? I sure hope so.

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Now at my bungalow retreat, where I depict country living, bungalow-style through photographs and scripture: Sweet Serenity. I hope you’ll drop by for a visit: www.bungalowretreat.com

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If you’ve not had a chance to purchase your copy of Caribbean Freedom (third & final Island Legacy Novel), I’m having a Book Signing on Sunday, May 19, at Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon, Mississippi. I’ll be set up outside the book store before, between, and after both morning services. If you’ve not read any of the Island Legacy novels, I’ll also have copies of Caribbean Paradise and Pearl of the Caribbean (first & second books in the series).

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