Doug has always loved birds as does his cousin Kevin who regularly captures the most beautiful and rare birds with his Camera. On a recent evening in his Central Victorian garden he snapped the lovely Rainbow Bee-eater. We sometimes see Crimson Rosellas and pretty green grass parrots (parakeets) but never the variety of native birds that Kevin sees. We are mostly surrounded by Magpies, Wattle birds and those naughty Indian Myna’s. For some reason we don’t even see many sparrows around here.
We first moved to Ballarat back in the mid eighties. In those days our son in Law Shane was but a boy, and he and Fiona came for a visit. Shane brought a Pea Rifle with him. Fiona and I went out leaving them planning to take some pot shots at something. When we arrived home there were two dejected males sitting in the kitchen looking very sorry for them-selves. Doug had shot a little sparrow and they both felt like murderers. Maybe that’s the reason why for the next twenty plus years Doug regularly put out scraps of bread for the sparrows on our back lawn.
Sparrows are a great reminder to us of how precious we are to God. Jesus himself said that God even notices a sparrow when it falls to the ground (and back then you could get two of those for a penny) reminding us that we are more valuable to God than many sparrows. In fact he goes on to say that we are so important to Him that even the hairs on our head are numbered. So, when you are feeling worthless or dejected remember the sparrows and remind yourself that you can’t trust your feelings but you can trust the word of God which says you’re extremely valuable. (Matthew 10:29-31)