Tuesday, May 14, 2013

EACH of Us Matter to Our God!

I remember the first time I saw a sparrow and realized it.  I was out with my mother, and a flock of the wee ones formed a community in a bunch of hedges where we parked. She and I sat in the car, and I saw and heard the bushes rustle.  Then, one of the sparrows hopped onto the sidewalk for a little foraging, I presumed. "Look at that tiny bird!," I recall saying to Ma.

"That's a sparrow," she replied.

Realizing what she'd said, I looked again at the teensie creature, through widened eyes.

"That's a sparrow?!" I exclaimed.

I didn't see her face, but I could sense the smile on it as she affirmed, "Yep.  And not one of them falls that the Lord doesn't see it and know about it.  He marks the fall of every sparrow."

That was the first time I'd actually connected the dots of that scripture's true meaning to how it pertained to the staggeringly detailed attentiveness of our great God.  Ma linked every lesson of life to scripture constantly and, oh, how it blessed and marked my little soul!

That brings me to a scripture passage I read Monday that equally touched my heart.  It's about the Ethiopian eunuch, a man of great authority who worshiped the Hebrew God... you remember:

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"And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, 'Go near and overtake this chariot.'  So Philip ran to him and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, 'Do you understand what you are reading?' And he said, 'How can I, unless someone guides me?' And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. The place in the Scripture which he read was this:  He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He opened not His mouth. In His humiliation His justice was taken away, and who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.

"So the eunuch answered Philip and said, 'I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?' Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, 'See, here is water, what hinders me from being baptized?'  Then Philip said, 'If you believe with all your heart, you may.' And he answered and said, 'I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.' So he commanded the chariot to stand still, and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him."  Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing." (Acts 8:28-39)

Friends, just as the Lord knew the indelible impact seeing that three-inch sparrow would have on my child-like heart, He also knew the innocent, humble, child-like sincerity of the heart of that Ethiopian and supernaturally intervened to baptize his sweet, believing soul into the family of Christ. 

Child-like faith is so powerful and so important to the Heart of God.  He will silence all of Heaven's functions to listen to us pray... He will speak salvation to the heart of a dying thief on a cross expressing love and belief in Him; He will heal a feeble woman of a 12-year affliction in answer to her faith... and He will bolster a young girl's confidence in His microscopically-detailed commitment to her and all His children, by revealing the minuscule frame of every sparrow He monitors day by day, then have a wise woman of God link that truth to His great love.

My favorite part of that scripture is where the Ethiopian - like a little child loosed in an amusement park - says, "See, here is water... what prevents me from being baptized?"  I picture him pointing to the water as they rode up to it (like kids do when they're excited), and it touches me.  The sincerity of his heart in that utterance breaks me up every time. Then he made sure he said what he believed, "I BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD."  Saints, I love that!  Lord willing, me and that Ethiopian are going to have a great talk some day.   :0)

Come to Daddy like a child, and He'll move every mountain for you.  He'll translate you and show you sparrows... and compass land and sea to secure you to His Bosom.  We matter so very much to Him!


Loving and Praising our Tenderhearted God Always,

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)