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.
If you could meet my little sister for just five minutes, you would know she loves animals. She is always talking about how her little critters are doing, what new projects she has in store for them, or her hopes to acquire even more pets in the future. You can imagine, then, her great sadness when one of her parakeets – Carolina, a boy – chirped his last earlier this week. (You’ll have to forgive me, I’m never exactly sure how to deliver the news of animals’ passing away.)
My sister took the loss pretty hard.
My sister’s sadness over the loss of her beloved pet, a little bird that could fit in the palm of your hand, reminded me of Jesus’ words in Matthew. But don’t mistake my purpose. I’m not writing this post to stir up any sentiment or emotion about dainty birds or my sister’s tender-heart, though both are precious to me. When you read Matthew 10:29-31, and honestly when you read the whole chapter – the whole book, I ask you to pay careful attention to the awe-inspiring reality of God’s glory Jesus proclaims.
God – the One True God – who catapulted the Universe into existence and oversees the trajectory of hurricanes can also pinpoint the exact geographic coordinates where a little sparrow falls to the ground and precisely calculate the hair follicles on your head. Think of how majestic, powerful, and glorious He is. And, yet, think of the great mercy that abounds from a God who knows such sweet, intimate details of life. God stitched together every strand of your DNA and mine. He orchestrates genomes like He orchestrates galaxies.
God Almighty knows you better than you know yourself and passionately calls out to you, that you might know Him. How are you responding to the One, True, majestic, powerful, and glorious God?
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.