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Saturday, December 8, 2012

more than many sparrows.

As the sun began setting late this afternoon and I drove home, my car overheated and broke down. Hey, it happens when you drive an old car, and as I sat praying, waiting for it to cool off, I noticed the sunset. Up above the parking lot, the sky was a cloudy canvas of pink and purple, like brushstrokes of watercolor. Thankfully, the car was fine and as I made my way home, looking up at the sky - I saw a flock of birds flying together in patterns (By the way, I totes just Googled "What is a group of birds called," and I'll have you know, we could've used "fleet", "flight", or "congregation"...... moving on.) And they just looked so peaceful, so graceful. 
Like they didn't have a care in the world. 
Free and happy, just floating above in a pattern, flying off to wherever they chose. 

And if I were to be honest with you tonight, I would tell you I've been thinking about how scary life can be lately. I don't really know why. Maybe it's because I see cancer taking far too many young lives around me; far too many dreams dashed; far too many good people treated badly, misunderstood; far too many financial losses; far too many "what if's" and worries that threaten to creep into our minds late at night, stealing our joy.
But this afternoon, I was reminded ... all the way home and the rest of the night, I've had an old song stuck in my head. I finally YouTubed it, and my eyes welled with tears as I listened to it's passionate proclaimers belting out the truth - 

"When Jesus is my portion, a constant friend is He.

His eye is on the sparrow 

and I know He watches me." 

Remember that old hymn? I will never forget when I heard it belted out in the movie "Sister Act II"  - my sister and I borrowed the VHS from the local Blockbuster (remember those??) when I was about 11. When that scene played and those gals sang that song, it was the first time in my life I ever got emotional while watching a movie.

Friend - if you need a little dose of hope today, you should click here & have a listen(I know it's a kinda corny video, Whoopi G in all her nun garb glory on the cover. But it's truly such a beautiful rendition!) 

My absolute favorite line of the hymn is this: 


"I sing because I'm happy, I sing because I'm free - 

His eye is on the sparrow. 

And I know He watches me." 

I am so thankful I can sing - out of a heart of happiness and a spirit of freedom - 
for no other reason that His watching eyes, 
guarding and protecting me. 

No matter what happens, we can sing.

And that's a beautiful freedom to have. 

As I researched a little online, I found that Civilla Martin, writer of the lyrics, said this of her inspiration for writing the song. Moving, y'all: 
Early in the spring of 1905, my husband and I were sojourning in Elmira, New York. We contracted a deep friendship for a couple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle—true saints of God. Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for nigh twenty years. Her husband was an incurable cripple who had to propel himself to and from his business in a wheel chair. Despite their afflictions, they lived happy Christian lives, bringing inspiration and comfort to all who knew them. One day while we were visiting with the Doolittles, my husband commented on their bright hopefulness and asked them for the secret of it. Mrs. Doolittle's reply was simple: "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me." The beauty of this simple expression of boundless faith gripped the hearts and fired the imagination of Dr. Martin and me. The hymn "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" was the outcome of that experience. —Civilla Martin

Wow. 
We can all access that peace, that hope, that joy. 

But do we???


Love, my friends - 

Me.


"Look at the birds of the air, 
they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, 
and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. 
Are you not much more valuable than they?"
-Matthew 6:26 


"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? 
Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care. 
And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 
So do not be afraid;
you are worth more than many sparrows." 
-Matthew 10:29-31 


PS - I promise, my Christmas surprise is totally coming, to a blog post near you!! SOON.

15 comments:

  1. I absolutely adore this rendition of this song. I have seen this movie a trillion times, and that scene has always been my favorite. If God takes the time to watch the sparrows, as lowly as they may be, why would I ever worry about if He is watching? I am one of His beloved daughters. He cares for me. He loves me. He provides for me. He is my hope.

    Thanks for the reminder! God bless.


    *hugs and love*
    Ashley Danielle
    alwaysashley2012.blogspot.com

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  2. Thank you so much for this Erin. I too will be honest that life has just been overwhelming me so much I feel I can't take it. It is so encouraging to hear things like this and be reminded of how much God cares about me. It can seem at times that He has forgotten, but like I am being reminded, if things are "dry" and I'm not hearing or feeling from God, its kinda like when a new store goes into a strip mall. The windows are boarded up, it looks dusty and a bit disheveled from the outside, and no one looking at it can even see that there is ONE thing going on. But, inside, there is a masterpiece being worked on, and only the one on the inside can see it right then. That's sort-of how it is with God and me right now. I haven't been hearing from Him, or feeling Him, but He's intensely working on my heart, creating a masterpiece. It can look bleak and like nothings happening sometimes, but I am reminded by sweet things like what you just shared, that God does have something going, and it is far better than I can imagine. Cause He cares about me so much.
    Thank you so much for always being a dear friend and encouraging and being honest with us.
    Been praying for you, and will continue to.
    Lots of hugs!!
    -Lauricia
    giveitsomestyle.blogspot.com

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  3. Ooops, that last comment was from me, I was just accidently signed into my sisters account. Sorry about that.
    -Lauricia
    giveitsomestyle.blogspot.com

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  4. I love this post! I have been overwhelmed for the past week since the Army has changed everything on us and now we don't know where we are going or where we'll be living until tomorrow. But,reading this post was just what I needed! Thank you :)

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  5. Just what I've needed this week...oh my word, two weeks at that. How often I can forget that God sees me and watches every small thing that happens in my life, even when I feel invisible, forgotten, and just another bird in the "fleet" yay Google;) Thanks for this Erin! You moved me to tears yet again. Much, much love to you friend! And a very happy birthday to your awesome momma!
    xoxo

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  6. That is one of my favorite songs! Such a great post Erin!

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  7. That song makes me cry EVERY time! I can barely sing some of the lines because It moves me that much. Love it! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  8. This is one of my favorite hymns of all time - competing primarily with "It Is Well With My Soul" - have you heard the story behind the lyrics of that one? http://www.sharefaith.com/guide/Christian-Music/hymns-the-songs-and-the-stories/it-is-well-with-my-soul-the-song-and-the-story.html So moving, both of these hymns - helps put things into perspective, for sure.

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  9. This was a great post to see right before starting this week. I am going to let that verse be my guide throughout this week.

    Thanks for posting!

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  10. Definitely one of my favorite hymns ever! The words are both powerful and uplifting! So glad I have HOPE for tomorrow!

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  11. What a lovely post! I remember the Sister Act scene's too, xoxo.

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  12. such a good word and reminder girlie!! Love that song too. xoxo

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  13. beautiful... and as far as hymns go..one of my favorites for sure. loved the story behind this song..

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"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.

xo.

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