Not One Sparrow


Have you ever felt insignificant in our world of 7.13 billion people?  That’s billion spelled with a B.  When we are in our own world of driving to work and back again, we pass hundreds of other people who are going to work or shopping or visiting others and then driving home again.  That’s not too overwhelming if the world were that small.  I grew up in a town of 200 where I knew everyone and everyone knew me.  I felt pretty special when I would pass someone and knew that they knew my name.

Living in Scottsdale or Phoenix or any other town in this multiple city complex, I know very few and rarely do I know any of the people who I am passing in my car.  The world seems to be getting bigger and my knowledge of those around me decreasing.  Added to the unknowns of people I come in contact with, I don’t know their stories.  Their accomplishments.  Their pain.  Their losses.  Their connected or broken relationships.  If I begin to think about all of these things, my world view shrivels up as to my knowledge.

I have at times in my life felt very far from God when I am in pain because I have wondered in the past if He has time for me when He is so busy taking care of all the other people (7.13 billion) who have much greater needs that I seem to have.

As I was leaving my office today I came across something that caused me to remember the wonderful Father that wants to be a part of all of our lives.  It was a little sparrow that had fallen out of its nest as he/she began to take its first flight from the comfort of the home that his mother had made.

Matthew 10:29-31 “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.   So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”  I was concerned about this little sparrow, but my heavenly father knew when he fell from the nest and was working on helping him to fly even before I came along.  Not only is He concerned about the birds of the air, but He cares for me (and you) even as I write this jlog.  He not only cares for you, but he knows how many hairs you have on your head and how many fell out this morning.  It says that I (and you) am/are insignificant.  He has enough care and concern for all of the 7.13 billion people including all of His creation.

Today on this journey, it is helpful when we look to the heavens or hear a bird chirping that we recognize how valuable we are to Him.  Not only does he care for the animals of this world but for us as well.  Be assured that you are valuable and significant to Him even as you read this jlog.

 

 

 

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About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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