While walking up a country road in New Jersey, I had a good talk with my Lord. “Lord, I can't live with fear and worry of all kinds. I want to face whatever the future holds with rest, joy and simple trust!”
The Holy Spirit quickened to me: “One of the keys to freedom from all fear and worry is found in the word sparrows.
Remember that I told you, ‘One of them [sparrows] shall not fall on the
ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all
numbered’” (Matthew 10: 29-30). It sounds so elementary, so very simple—but what Jesus tells us here is very profound.
In the Old Testament, King David could boast, “[He] delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).
How did David find such freedom from fear? By obtaining a vision of the
greatness of “Him who made heaven and earth.” When David had his eyes
on the Creator of all things, he discovered how big God is!
I want to be like David—an example of a shepherd who has learned how
to be free of fear and worry, able to lead a people into that same
I did a study on sparrows and began to get a revelation of David’s
immense Creator God who was interested in every tiny detail of His
Sparrows! Like all birds, sparrows are wonderfully made. Their thin,
small bones are strong and specially equipped for flying. Modern science
still cannot copy the intricate wing system that allows them to migrate
two and three thousand miles. Each sparrow has from 1,300 to 2,600
feathers. How intricate and detailed they are! Our Creator God designed
them perfectly. He designed every bone, every feather—and He counted
every one of them.
Most sparrows build their nests in the ground and during Christ’s
time they were trapped with trip nets into which they fell while
preparing their nests. In Jerusalem Jesus saw sparrows being sold on a
skewer, two for a penny. They had all been trapped with trip nets
because Jews could not eat those that died by themselves.
Of these birds Jesus said, “Not one of them was trapped without My
Father's knowledge.” He knew where each one of them was until its little
lungs took its last breath. He fed them. He knew every sparrow—even
those on the skewers.