The Small Stuff

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29–31)

I’m not what you would call a detail person. Sure, there are some areas I give attention to — I make sure dishes are clean, I get annoyed when my computer desktop gets cluttered and am often distracted by a burnt-out bulb in a bank of lights. But especially when it comes to decorating and organizing, the small stuff often pass me by.

However I did notice, when I arrived home yesterday, that Christmas has begun in the Ketchum household. The ceramic Christmas tree with green lights is plugged in, the manger scene is perched atop our mantel and an army of nutcrackers guard the window-sill from the advances of the evil mouse king. I am very grateful for a wife who cares about these detailed touches that bring the magic of Christmas warmth though our front door.

But even more wonderful than a carefully placed ornament is the fact that our Heavenly Father is a God who cares about details. Jesus told us in today’s passage that he even cares about small, insignificant, plain-looking sparrows. You could get them dirt-cheap in Bible times. They were, as we would say, a dime a dozen. But not one of those homely sparrows drops dead unless God says it can. If God cares enough to determine the time, place and means of that tiny bird’s last chirp, do you not think that you might be on God’s mind today?

I hate to break it to the PETA folk, but Jesus didn’t die for to save the souls of sparrows. He did, however, die for yours. If he is concerned about the countless small birds darting through the sky, then he most certainly cares about you, your salvation, your problems, your hurts, your concerns, your celebrations and your victories. Nothing is too insignificant for God. He’s all about the small stuff.

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