Monday, June 7, 2010

His eye is on the sparrow

this morning i had a little visitor:

today was supposed to be pretty productive. go to my favorite camera store to return a lens i'd rented, go for a run, clean my house, edit edit edit. (this time of year there's ALWAYS enough editing to go around.)

i got up, laced my running shoes, and headed out the front door- only to see this little guy right in the middle of my front porch. i don't know how he got there; i'm assuming he fell from his nest. but i knew right away something wasn't normal. his eyes were sealed shut and he still had tufts of baby chick fluff poking out of the top of his head. hmm... what in the world. i had to get to the store, so i decided that if he was still on my porch when i returned, i'd try to do something. the whole drive over there i was worried out of my mind about the bird. what if the neighbor's cat wandered up and saw the helpless baby just sitting there? i couldn't wait to get back and when i did, there he was, chirping in the same place i'd left him.

thanks to my local chapter of the audubon society i was able to have him looked at by a vet, who said that he had some sort of infection in both his eyes that they would treat... my small friend definitely has a fighting chance. i was so relieved i almost cried.

you see, this year hasn't been an easy one for me so far. just being honest, 2010 has been great with my business growing and i love meeting and spending time with all my amazing clients, but in other ways it has been pretty rough. and even last night, i was discouraged, feeling the weight of.... life. just life.

when i saw this tiny bird on my porch, that old gospel song popped into my head as well as these few verses which i looked up later:

(matthew 10:29-31) are not two sparrows sold for a penny? and not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. but even the hairs of your head are all numbered. fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

(matthew 6:25-26) therefore i tell you, do not be anxious 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: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. are you not of more value than they?

funny how i needed encouragement and it was delivered right outside my front door. His eye is on the sparrow... and i know He watches me.


Nancy said...

What a lovely story with a wonderful ending. His eye is on the sparrow - my favorite song of alltime - so appropriate for this little bird and for all of us!
Thinking of you and praying...
Lots of love!

Mari said...

I took a class in college called Experiential Learning (which just so happened to be the best class ever and really kicked my butt) and we spent a lot of time working on and learning about NOLO's--Naturally Occuring Learning Opportunities. You would have gotten an A+ on this one Nanc!