"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29-31
Today I want to go back to these verses that I mentioned in a cursory fashion yesterday. They are actually part of the lectionary reading for today.
Sometimes, in the midst of our human distress, we tend to think that God is not aware of our situation. But Jesus counters that notion in these verses.
Jesus says that our Father in heaven knows when every sparrow falls to the ground. God also knows how many hairs we have on our heads.
According to the New World Encyclopedia:
The average human head ... has about 100,000 hair follicles... Each follicle can grow about 20 individual hairs in a person's lifetime... Average hair loss is around 100 strands a day.God knows all of that about you and me ... and more. He knows exactly how many hairs you have on your head. Do you think the God who knows all that does not know or care about your situation? Think again.
Jesus says that you are more valuable than many sparrows.
One of the most joyful people I have ever met was the actress and singer Ethel Waters. She was well known for singing Stormy Weather, but she said that after she dedicated her life to following Jesus Christ, she could not sing that song anymore. She became identified with another song that she sings in the video clip below from a Billy Graham crusade in 1975....