“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows” Luke 12: 6-7
This passage is both comforting and terrifying. Upon a cursory reading of the text, I felt good about myself because God values me more than birds. Great! After scratching the surface and analyzing the text, I realized that what Jesus is saying to his disciples in the book of Luke is that God knows each of us intimately. So much so that he knows how many hairs are on our heads (which unfortunately for me, gets less and less every day). Oh no! If God knows that much detail then he knows my innermost thoughts and sinful nature!! Of course, he does- because God always wants an intimate relationship with us. It is our decision to open up to God. But how can I do that? What if I don’t have enough faith? What if I’m not a good enough Christian? What if I can’t control my sinful thoughts? Jesus, Emmanuel, says to not be afraid. Later on in the same chapter of Luke, Jesus parallels the above passage when talking to his disciples, reminding them “do not worry” as the birds in the sky do not worry about where their food comes from. God knows each of us intimately. We can’t hide our broken nature. If we confess our sins to God and let him take the reins of our life, only then do we let go of our fear and worry.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to listen to the words of your Son Jesus, who reminds us to not fear and worry, as you want nothing more than an intimate relationship with us. Help us to let go and trust you, as the birds in the sky trust you. Amen