I’m kind of a collector of lost causes. I’ve got a couple of plants people where I work have thrown away. Both survived and are growing. Then there’s the newborn pigeon on the balcony where I work. The balcony seems to be a favorite breeding-ground for them. Already two messes of babies this year. [I don’t know what you call a group of pigeons, “flock,” I suppose. Considering how dirty they are, “mess” seems like a good choice.] This last batch consisted of two yellow fuzz-balls. One was contentedly settled down in what passed for a nest; the other was having troubles. I didn’t think it would make it. It didn’t.
Got me to thinking about the time our Lord was teaching His disciples and talked about sparrows. In Matthew 10:29, He said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin?” Luke 12:6 records it like this, “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins?”
That fifth sparrow.
A “throw-away, as it were. A lost cause.
Yet, in both instances, the Lord said that God knew all about it. Then, He continued, even the hairs of our head are numbered, v. 7. Not counted – numbered. So the next time you comb or brush your hair, you can say, “Well, there go numbers …”
Then He said, and I think it was with a tender smile, “Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
All of us are bent and broken and full of imperfections and problems.
Yet, through the Lord Jesus, God is pleased to take those bits and pieces, those imperfections, that lostness, and to build Himself a dwelling, which He beautifies and glorifies with His presence.
No wonder the Psalmist, in considering the work of God in his life, said, Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it, Psalm 139:6. Then in v. 17, he wrote, How precious are your thought to me, O God!
(originally published July 12, 2013.) slightly edited.