Wednesday, June 22, 2011

How Busy Is Too Busy?

Julia Ward Howe once asked a senator to help a wounded soldier.

Came a quick reply, “I’ve become so busy with my responsibilities as a senator that I can’t concern myself with individuals.”

“That’s remarkable,” she replied. “Even God hasn’t achieved that level of importance yet.”

On one occasion Jesus was offering a word of encouragement to His disciples. They were going into unknown territory to do things they had never done before. Naturally they were afraid. To calm their fears and expand their faith and trust in God, He said, “Not one sparrow can fall to the ground without Your Father knowing it.” God’s concern includes everything.

We often interpret the word “fall” as “falling in death.” But the word “fall” in this verse refers to a bird that is in flight, lands, hops around and then takes off again. Jesus was teaching His disciples that every time a small sparrow hops from one place to another, God is aware of each little “hop” of each little bird.

Whenever we feel insignificant or unimportant, we need to remind ourselves of God watching birds hop.

Prayer: Lord, since You created us and Your Son died for us, how much You care for us is far beyond us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 10:28-31

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