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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Simpson

December Newsletter

The other day, I happened to be looking out a window of my house and I saw a lone little bird sitting on the roof line of our neighbor's house. It was a pretty little feller with a black flat top noggin and grey and white feathers on its wings and body. I have no idea what the name of the bird was (he didn't tell me). J.K., What I meant to say was, I am not sure of the species of the bird. It was just a bird, nothing fancy or special about it.

Ever hear the phrase, "A little bird told me"? Most people "in the know", believe this idiom comes from Solomon who wrote in Ecclesiastes 10:20, "Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird in the sky may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say." It basically means that you should be careful with what you say about other people (especially bosses and rulers), because you never know if what you said might be divulged to the person you said stuff about. Solomon's caution was a waring that gossip will get around.

In this particular instance, a 'little bird', in a sense, told me something very important - God cares for me.

As I looked at the bird sitting on the roof, all by itself, it dawned on me that God knew everything about this little guy. He knew the moment when he/she (Yes, God knows it's gender) was conceived; when it started to peck its way out of it's protective shell; when it first opened it's little eyes; when it started to fly and every place that little bird had perched it's entire life. God even knows every feather that grew and fell out to the earth. So in truth, my little feathered friend did not really tell me anything, but God told me some things through it. Namely, if He knows everything about this bird, who in the grand scheme of life, is fairly insignificant (sorry P.E.T.A.), then what does He know about me? And if God takes care of and care for this 'insignificant' bird, how much more does He care for me, a human being, who has been created in His image and one who has given my life to Him?

While speaking to His disciples, Jesus wanted to encourage them about how the love and care of the Father in heaven. So He told them in Luke 12:6-7, "Are not five sparrows sold of two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." The meaning of these verses is pretty obvious - if sparrows are that important to God, then how much more important are you (one of His kids) to Him?

I'm not too sure we will ever know just how important we are to God in this life. It is one of those truths that we will only truly know when we stand in His presence. It is then that we will see and feel the deep, deep love of God. I am fairly certain that when I see God, I will probably laugh at myself for all the times I was worried, anxious or afraid. Then I'll most likely turn my eyes to Him and ask Him to forgive me again for ever doubting His great care over my life.

What I want to do over the coming season is to learn, again and again, the lesson of this little bird. My Father in heaven looks after it every moment of it's life. His eyes are on it constantly for it's good. As Jeremiah 29:11 says, He plans to prosper that little bird, not to harm it, to give it a hope and a future. Oh, by the way, this goes for you and I as well!

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