Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
When I read my final draft of this article, I cried…because I soon realized that not only did God answer all the questions I’d been asking Him for sometime but He also guided me to find out the answers, myself.
Yes, I am a self-confessed “sparrow”.
Please take time to read and maybe if you’ll think of the sparrows, you will say a li’l prayer for me as well..
Thank you and may God bless us all!
It amazes me that the sparrows are mentioned in the Bible numerous times.. And how the sparrows predominately find themselves in the language of the Bible, amazes me even more. What is so special about them? Just for kicks, I made a research about this particular kind of bird.
Here’s what I discovered, out of the more than 9,000 varieties of birds in the world, none is more common than the sparrow. The sparrows are simply small and pretty insignificant birds. This gave away the answer, it is their being insignificant that made them significant to the Lord.
It is no wonder then that Jesus use them as an object lesson that we may not soar like the eagles or strut like the peacocks but like the sparrows, we are just as important to our Heavenly Father.
From my perspective, I could see a bit of the “sparrow” in everyone of us. The “sparrow” within us manifests in different forms. There are times when we feel so worthless and feels like nobody loves us and no one even cares anymore if we are still alive. Also those times when it’s like the world is against us. Those times when we ask, “Where are you God?” amidst our feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. Those are the times that we become a “sparrow-on-the-whole”.
Such is not always the case however, the “sparrow” within us may also manifests in bits and pieces in our lives, like when we are successful in our career but flops in our marriage or other similar cases. In other words, there are some areas in our lives that may have drawn us to feel insignificant, or at least we had some experiences of “sparrow moments”- that time when we felt so small, unloved and unnoticed.
Have we not all gone through this at some point in our lives? Then, everyone of us is a sparrow. So, as followers of Christ, we are all “Christian-sparrows” and therefore no one is excluded from the love of God. In short, we are ALL important to the Lord.
From my research, I have also found that sparrows have different species- american tree sparrow, house sparrow, henslow’s sparrow, to name a few, each have their own distinct color and characterstics. Similarly, as we have diversified traits, culture and total personality make-up, we deal with the “sparrow” within us differently. Like the bird sparrow, there are also different types of “Christian-sparrows”.
TYPES OF “CHRISTIAN-SPARROWS” :
1. THE DORMANT “CHRISTIAN-SPARROW”
This could happen because of chronic adverse circumstances that can be due to disease, bad home or job situation or anything that may affect our life on a major scale. This could result to a feeling of worthlessness and despair. “Sparrow moments” huh?
Here’s what may have happened..We have all heard of the word “erosion”, right? When something erodes, it is either eaten away or worn out. Erosion is a process whereby something which was once a thing of beauty or a strong pillar of some type has deteriorated.
We have all seen or heard about a landslide or mountain erosion that causes damage to its surroundings. Well, this is parallel to our Christian walk, all of a sudden, we just stop and become dormant. As we go in years, the same can occur in each of us.
WHAT TO DO:
We may have “eroded” in our Christian walk but unlike soil erosion which maybe irreparable we can always start a new walk with the Lord Jesus.
How? If we are going to understand the world and its circumstances, then we must be ceaseless students of the Bible. Keep in mind that the Bible comes from the mind of God and it is the ONLY source of the true perspective of God.
And so, if we are to regain our equilibrium and continue our walk with God, then it is necessary to return to the Word of God.
2. THE “CHRISTIAN-SPARROW’ WHO PATIENTLY WAITS
Sometimes, we go through circumstances that make us feel overlooked and brushed aside. We see the success of others and wonder when it’s our turn. Others receives accolades while we are quietly doing our own thing, and instead of being recognized we even get criticisms for it.
Sometimes, God places us in quiet seasons, seasons hidden and tucked away. In those times, it can be easy to feel cheated and gipped.
WHAT TO DO:
I think the most important thing we can do with our lives is quietly go with God’s purposes for us. But in the meantime, we can have some “sparrow moments”, we feel small and insignificant. We wonder why she got that job, or he got those accolades. or why the family is living luxuriously when we could barely make both ends meet.
Here’s the truth of the matter. God sees us and He is just preparing us for the right time until we are ready to get that promotion that He intends just for us. YES…we, too will have that promotion…in HIS time.
We may want something and we may want it rightaway…BUT God says..”WAIT, just wait! I have bigger plans for you..this is just not the right time.”
In these quiet waiting seasons, when we feel stuck and left behind, God does His great work of refining us. He is teaching us lessons, dealing out pearls of wisdom, but only if our hands are open to receiving them.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
3. THE HOPELESS “CHRISTIAN-SPARROW”
Amidst the multiple problems that our world faces today- unemployment, food shortages, energy crisis, spiking cost of basic commodities, religious wars add to these the burgeoning global population, it’s inevitable that many are gripped with a quiet despair, uncertain of their future, wondering even if they could survive till their next paycheck. They flit from one task to another, doing the best they can.
At other times, their life is smooth sailing but only for a time, then they find themselves sinking once more…This is the reality of what a majority of the population is going through during this modern times..but God is so good that when we were born, He gifted us with “survival instincts” to help us cope and survive in difficult situations. And so, we don’t easily give up, we continue to fight and we become resilient. Unfortunately however, there are times when we have given our best shot, have done everything we can and yet we fail.
WHAT TO DO:
At times like these, learn to put into God’s hands what you cannot change. Learning more about Him will give you confidence that He’s able to take care of your storms in life. Giving up and not being able to overcome your difficulties on your own doesn’t always mean you’re weak, it means you have strong faith that God will see you through like the sparrows.
This is the time to remind yourself too that self-reliance maybe an admirable trait in our society, but when you have given it all and still you haven’t or never succeeded, then you have to accept the simple truth that there are things that only God can do.
The psalmist says, “For in the day of trouble, He will keep me safe in His dwelling, He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.”
4. THE ‘CHRISTIAN-SPARROW’ WITH A BIG HEART
This is my favorite type.
In the homily during a mass I attended, the priest related a touching story about an old woman who never fails to attend the early morning mass. “And everyday”, said the priest, “the woman would get the broom and sweep the floor after the mass”. Then one day, the priest could no longer resist asking the woman, “how much are you paid for it?” “Nothing Father”, the woman replied. “Since I do not have money for the alms, I serve the Lord in my own little way. This is my humble love-offering to Him”.
Such an admirable tiny sparrow with a BIG heart for Jesus. Can we be like this woman? Like her, every Christian can serve the Lord even in little things coupled with love.
How wonderful it is when Jesus spoke of sparrows to let us understand that He notices even them and that we are of far greater value.
Simply put, the next time you feel shunned by the outside world, neglected, small and unimportant…My friend, have faith! Just think of the sparrows.