Eye on the Sparrows

Been struggling with temptation of late.  Fighting the desire to give into a destructive vice, riddled with error, thoroughly unattractive in nature, and one of the leading causes of disease and death in contemporary society.  

I am tempted to do something that does not involve even the thought of God.  It is completely contrary to the Word of God. 

It wastes time.  It wastes energy.  It incapacitates an otherwise intelligent individual to the point of wholesale lethargy, and imprisons mind and body in dark pits of depression.  
If allowed full reign, it will fuel despair.  And, as the wise Marilla Cuthbert remarked in a rebuke to the young Anne Shirley upon first meeting the waif in Anne of Green Gables:


“To despair is to turn your back on God.”

A sinful act indeed.

Now, in case you missed it at the first, I confess to you all once again – I am temped to do this thing that would unleash all of the above and beyond, creating a gulf between myself and the God I profess to love – and the Savoir whom I have called my Lord these 28 plus years.  To be sure, I am tempted to surrender myself into the camp of . . .


FEAR & WORRY!


EXCEPT . . .

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
Matthew 6:25-27
Praise God for the Hosts of Heaven that surround my house morning . . . evening . . . day . . . and night.  I refer, here, to the aforementioned “birds of the air” – an army of sparrows that have made their homes in my yard.


Yes.  No great learned preacher swooping in with a Sunday sermon on defeating the villain “Worry”.  No bestseller with all the latest “formulas” for being an over-comer in the Battle of Anxiety – teaching me how to dress for war . . .
Nope!  Just your average, humble, tiny, drab brown, run-of-the-mill sparrow that predominately litters the landscapes of backyards everywhere.
 
God has a purpose for making the simple brown sparrow so prolific in population:
WORRY IS A NAGGING FOE EXISTING IN 24/7 ATTACK MODE!
A formidable enemy, indeed.  Easy for even the stoutest of Christians to fall prey to the temptations with which it baits soul and spirit . . . mind and reason . . .


So, of course – being the Commander in Chief of the greatest armies in the universe and a master warfare strategist – the Lord dispatches “many sparrows” to encamp around me for the purpose of dispelling “Fear” – the weapon of choice wielded by “Worry”.


To me, you see, my sparrows are the personification of God’s Word:

“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? 
And not one of them is forgotten before God.  
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  
Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Luke 12:5-8

So, in the quiet of the day, I sit in the place of contemplation in full view of these tiny winged wonders going blithely about their business – from birdhouse . . . to bird-feeder . . . to branch . . . to bush . . . to lamppost . . . to garden trellis . . . blissful in song . . . care-less in habit.  I look at the birds of the air – as I have been commanded . . .



Their needs generously met by He Who created them to show forth His Glory in the earth . . . to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see . . .
And, when I focus on the games they play and the songs they sing, my war zone metaphors dissipate – and are turned to symphonic ponderings as fears fade in the amazement of He Who orchestrates – each note, each instrument, each measured movement – to accomplish His purposes in making me more like Him. 
Temptation retreats.  I’m casting my lot with the birds:  Care-free and fully equipped to make a mockery of gravity’s downward pull, while lifting up with wings . . . like . . . like . . . eagles . . .
“But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31 

Instead of surrendering to the temptations of Fear and Worry – I join in the symphony and sing with the sparrows . . .


And, that’s enough to be going on with today – confident that those self-same sparrows will be there tomorrow.
And, so will the Lord . . . 


Sharing my Sparrows today with:
Photo Credits:
Abby at Little Birdie Blessings – for some of her wonderful graphics used in this post!
Some dramatic alter ego images from Gladys Cooper Postcards.
Anne of Green Gables photo credit HERE.  
 

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.

Comments

  1. I LOVE this post, Kathryn!!! Beautifully written and wonderful photos of the humble sparrow. This is a good lesson and reminder to us all.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Denise

  2. WOnderfully written. Nice candid photos…a message I am blessed to read~

  3. What a very nice hopeful post. I am sorry that you have been plagued with worry recently. Worry can indeed be pernicious and it serves no useful end, and you are quite right that the sparrows are an example to us – and put it all into perspective.

  4. Preach it Sis! It is the sin that so easily besets because it really is unbelief and does indeed keep us from entering the promised land of His rest! I battle it too! Wonderful post! Thanks, Kathy!
    Ruth

  5. Oh thank you, thank you, thank you for the velvet gloved exhortation this day! I too am tempted to sin against our beloved Lord, and more than tempted as I realize that I’ve not resisted and trusted as I should!! Oh wretched woman that I am. . .has He EVER failed to provide what is best for His glory and my eternal good! Never has and never will and yet. . .may He give us both the grace to lift “be anxious for nothing, but in all things, with prayer, thanksgiving and supplication, make our requests be known.” You are a blessing!! Hugs!!

  6. I was just thinking today about the fact that I worry about so many different things. Mostly about people, and the fact that I might offend someone unintentionally. Some people may think that a strange thing to worry about, but for me, it’s a fact.

    I love the picture of the host of sparrows on the small tree. They indeed must have been sent by God to encourage you. In turn, you’ve shared it here and encouraged me, and countless others. My vintage graphics look great in this post, I’m honored you used them, and thankful for the link back. ~ Abby

  7. This is beautiful, Kathryn! Oh, how I love to watch the birds in my backyard and ponder the wonders of His love. I love the Temptress pictures AND especially your bird shots…look forward to seeing a peek into your journals when you can, as well! The link is up every week. In His Grace, Dawn
    PS I feel I must share your blog…it is such a blessing!

  8. Worry is probably the one sin that just about everybody wrestles with from time to time. I tell myself I’m not going to worry and before I know it, I’m beginning to worry – at least just a little. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

  9. No worries…not with Him in our corner….not with Him fighting our battles and working everything out for our good. Someone told me worry is fear and fear is the opposite of faith. They said you can’t walk in both at the same time. That’s helped me sooo much. Loved your post….

  10. Ah, fear and worry – my two most hated enemies. And the two weapons that the enemy seems to throw at me on a regular (and all too often effective) basis.

    I so loved this post, Kathy. It spoke deeply to me, and I loved the creative way you presented it. Thank you for your transparent honesty in sharing. Your words will reach many with much-needed encouragement.

    I know, because they reached me.

    GOD BLESS!

  11. What a unique and interesting way to share a lesson! This is a great post, and I love the pictures. Thank you for sharing!

  12. I love your vintage photos – they are so very lovely. Yes we are told many times not to fear and worry in the scriptures. It does lead to despair and that is not so good.

  13. What a wonderful post, Kathy! I love how you used our little feathered friends to get you point across. Excellent post! Now if I could only be like those sparrows!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  14. What an encouragement you are, Kathryn. I loved reading this. My mom is in a nursing home and I’m going to read it to her.
    Shalom & blesssings to you and yours,
    Gail

  15. Perhaps my all-time favorite post of yours….maybe because I needed this timely reminder today! Beautifully written (and illustrated)!

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