Look, if you sold a few sparrows, how much money would you get? A copper coin apiece, perhaps? And yet your Father in heaven knows when those small sparrows fall to the ground. Matthew 10:29 The Voice
When I look at those images of space the Hubble captures it always hushes my heart in wonder and awe.
The scripture says,
I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
Why take a second look our way? Psalm 8:3-4 Msg.
Yet He does…
God reminds us that, His eyes are on the sparrows; these tiny insignificant little brown birds!
Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 KJV
The Voice version takes the same scripture and says it like this,
You, BELOVED, are worth so much more than a whole flock of sparrows. God knows everything about you, even the number of hairs on your head. So do not fear. Matthew 10:30-31 The Voice
Book Review: KARL’S DIVE, Part 2
One of his buddies grabbed Karl by the ankles while another grabbed him by the shoulders. As they lifted Karl onto the dock, his neck flopped back like a rag doll…
Spinal cords are tricky things. They’re made up of a bundle of nerves that control most of our bodies… The spinal cord is so specialized it can’t repair itself, and even the most skilled doctor can do very little to help.
At the hospital, the doctors tried to assess the extent of Karl’s injuries… Karl could talk for the first forty hours following his injury, but then he lost his ability to speak as his spinal cord continued to swell. He had many questions, but he had been stripped of the ability to ask them. Karl felt as if he’d been padlocked inside his body.
A nurse was busy in his room, and Karl had an idea. He couldn’t speak, so he started spelling words by blinking at the nurse. One blink was an “a,” three blinks was an “o,” and so on.
“W-h-e-n-c-a-n-I-w-a-l-k?” Karl blinked out the words to the nurse. She put down what she was working on, sadness sweeping across her face as she gently said, “Didn’t the doctors tell you? You’ll never be able to walk again, Karl. I am so sorry.” Her words hung in the room like a thick fog.
Karl could feel the tears rolling from the corners of his eyes and down into his ears. These were the only places he could still feel.
As the weight of her words sank in, it was as if Karl was under water once again, this time sinking very deep. The nurse came in close and wiped Karl’s tears away as her own streamed down her cheeks.
Karl then slowly blinked his next message to her. “W-h-e-n-c-a-n-I-u-s-e-m-y-a-r-m-s?” The nurse, still sitting on his bed, searched for words. “Karl, I’m so very sorry. You hit the bottom so hard. You’ll never be able to use your arms again either.” She stroked Karl’s hair, trying to offer some comfort, but it didn’t help. Karl’s neck injury had been so massive and his spinal cord was so damaged, the only things he would ever fully be able to use were his tongue, his eyes, and his mind.
God is still in control…
For the past two months, God has parked my heart in one spot, the first two verses of Psalm 62.
“I find rest in God; only he can save me. He is my rock and my salvation.” NCV
In his devotional, God Is With You Everyday, Max Lucado makes this wonderful statement,
“… There is no fine print. A second shoe is not going to drop. God’s promise has no hidden language. Let grace happen, for heavens sake. No more performing for God, no more clamoring after God. Of all the things you must earn in life, God’s unending affection is not one of them. You have it. Stretch yourself out in the hammock of grace.
You can rest now.”
—Let Grace Happen, March 29
Even in the midst of great uncertainty…
God has our lives securely in His hands.
Even when we don’t know which way to turn, or what will happen next, there is Someone who does, and He has made His home IN US–mere dust.
Though the things we can see in our world seem to shake apart–we can plant our feet on the immovable rock–God’s word to us, because it is there for we who trust Him, and believe.
It is very common for people to swear an oath by something greater than themselves, for the oath will confirm their statements and end all dispute. So in the same way, God wanted to end all doubt and confirm it even more forcefully to those who would inherit his promises. His purpose was unchangeable, so God added his vow to the promise. So it is impossible for God to lie for we know that his promise and his vow will never change!
And now we have run into his heart to hide ourselves in his faithfulness. This is where we find his strength and comfort, for he empowers us to seize what has already been established ahead of time—an unshakeable hope! We have this certain hope like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding our souls to God himself. Our anchor of hope is fastened to the mercy seat which sits in the heavenly realm beyond the sacred threshold,
Hebrews 6:16-19 TPT
Don’t forget that we are your beloved ones. Wrap us back into your heart again, for YOU CHOSE US. You brought us out of our slavery and bondage and made us your favored ones, your Zion-people, YOUR HOME ON EARTH. Psalm 74:2 TPT
Next week: KARL’S DIVE, Part 3