It's an amazing thing. Jesus could have chosen any bird in the sky to compare the value of humanity to God. He could have picked the regal eagle, the beneficial purple martin, the peaceful dove. Yet, He picked a sparrow.
"29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. 30And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29-31
Could we not be "worth more than many" eagles? Bluebirds? Doves? Perhaps. Yet, as I consider our Savior's words, I think how perfect His sparrow analogy is. An eagle is a majestic, powerful bird. A dove depicts a gentleness, amiability. Bluebirds are colorful, shy and guarded. Of course we'd assume God would care about those birds, just as we favor them in our environment. However, a sparrow--the near-worthless sparrow, is the lowly fowl. It sports no peacock plumes of grandeur. In fact, sparrows are drab and unattractive in comparison to most birds. They are notoriously nasty little creatures. They carry and spread multiple diseases; they destroy eggs and young of bluebirds and helpful birds, such as purple martin. They push and shove all other birds from feeders; they're mean and menacing. Sparrows are self-centered, self-serving and greedy. Considering that "all [men] have sinned and fall short of the glory of God", could there be a better bird to show the least of the kingdom?
Ask any birdwatcher; you'll learn quickly that sparrows crowd out the beautiful cardinals, are arch enemies to the bluebird and purple martins. They are annoying and eat the majority of seed in every feeder filled to attract other birds. I wonder. Could the Lord have wanted us to see that the lowest of low fell under the watchful eye of our Father? He desired that we see even the least of this earth is watched and considered by the Most High God? Even the worst of nature is not unnoticed. How much greater we are to our Heavenly Father! "Worth more than many sparrows.
When we are threatened by life's circumstances or man, we have every reason to rest in God's grace. He knows. He cares. Jesus said so. Rejoice, my friends, rejoice! selahV