Yesterday, when I arrived to my sweetheart’s house, I found him in the middle of a rescue operation.
“…you want to see?” he said, carrying a cardboard box towards the backyard.
He led me to a tiny, buzzing creature in the grass. Typically, these little guys are nearly impossible to study up close as they move so quickly. But wow… he was beautiful. Sitting nearly motionless in the wet grass was a tiny hummingbird with dazzling iridescent green and red feathers.
A powerful storm with pea-sized hail had just moved through the area, and instead of lifting off the ground when he attempted to flap his delicate wings, he buzzed around helplessly, likely hurt in the storm.
While I waited, I sat on the floor peering into the box at this beautiful, mysterious creature.
As I watched his body rock with each rapid breath, he seemed to watch me, too… blinking every few seconds. *blink* Just watching. *blink*
I know it sounds ridiculous, but my heart started to break for this little guy as his future seemed to be imminent death.
Just moments before, I had no idea of his existence.
Birds die every.single.day.
I’m just not aware of it.
While I shared this intimate space with the hummingbird, suddenly made aware of his life’s existence, a scripture came to mind.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.”
A baby takes his first breath, a young girl sits lonely in her room, a college student stresses over a research paper, a wife mourns the abandonment of her husband, a young couple gets married, a family mourns the loss of their mother, a man is overwhelmed with his job, an athlete scores the winning point, a child starves with no one to feed her, an elderly person dies alone… good and bad, these things happen all the time… all over the world. From the day-to-day happenings like a person brushing their teeth to the more tragic and life-changing events like new life and death, these things are happening all the time. Everywhere.
And we are unaware.
How could we know unless, like when my path crossed with this bird, we are sharing life and intimate space with these people?
As Jesus tells his disciples in this scripture, however, our Father is aware! He’s more than aware.
Of all the birds in the entire world, not one sparrow dies without the Father’s knowing or will. And He even says we are worth much more.
“But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
How awesome is that?
Our Creator isn’t just sitting back, unaware of our daily goings on, our heartbreak, our triumphs, our struggles, our fears, our thoughts… He loves us so much and knows us in such intimate detail that He even knows how many hairs are on our heads! Can’t you just see Him, His heart (in so much more magnitude than mine considering the hummingbird), aching for the sake of your life as He shares your intimate space?! He LOVES you!
Chris and I laughed with joy as the hummingbird (who Chris later named “Baxter”) drank sugar water from our fingertips.
We prayed for his healing. Chris took care of him overnight and we rejoiced when he lived through the night. Today, he took Baxter to a Wild Bird Rehabilitation facility where they gave him a good prognosis (yes… apparently these places exist. Our city is awesome).
We became aware of his life, we loved his life, and we fought for his life.
How much more does our Creator, who knows every detail of our bodies and every thought in our minds, love us and want life and victory for us?! Wow. Even more encouraging than Jesus’ example with the sparrows, however, is what he says before and after. The scripture begins with Him sending His disciples out into the world to proclaim the gospel. He reminds them of their worth, stating that not even a sparrow can die outside of the Father’s will, and that they have much more worth than the sparrow. He warns them of the persecution they will face on account of Him. And He encourages them not to fear these people, stating, “…do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” – Matthew 10:28
Because our Father has an intimate awareness of us, because He loves us, and because ultimately our purpose is to love Him and bring glory to Him, we can live freely, proclaiming His name with no fear of man, as HE is the one that both gives us life and has the power to take it away. “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 10:32-33
So with the knowledge and faith that our Father knows us intimately and in detail… that He loves us so much… and that our life is created for Him… let us live fully for Him, accepting the call that Jesus gave His disciples when He said, “And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” – Matthew 10:38-39
I am so grateful I had the opportunity to share intimate space with this beautiful little hummingbird, who reminded me of our Father’s goodness.
Let us live with an ever-increasing awareness of His intimate presence and His perfect love as we boldly live for Him!