Saturday, March 27, 2010

Lent Day 34: His eye is on the sparrow

Flors and her daughter dropped by for a visit yesterday. While my daughter and the young lady went shopping, we 'old women' watched Misty's two active, well-behaved toddlers. They kept us busy enough that we were happy to see their mom walk in the door.

Watching my birds hop around the aviary, Flors mentioned that her dad, recently widowed, might like a little bird to keep him company.

"Would your dad like two birds?" Two zebra finches were isolated in a little cage in my office: the female had been pecked by the flock and the male provided companionship while feathers grew in.

"That would be great. I bet he would love that!" I washed a spare birdcage, popped in an unopened bag of seed and some grit, a birdie bathtub, perches, waterer, and a cuttlestone. All supplies had been a gift to me this winter, but I hadn't understood the purpose of the abundance until then.

We caught the birds and put them into a travel box just before Flors and her daughter left for home. This morning, I got a note that Flors' dad was happy to see the birds. The lively, chirping creatures will be good company. He's had birds before, so knows how to care for them. And he'd been thinking that a feathered friend might alleviate the loneliness in a too-quiet house.

God, who cares for the sparrows, also knows what we need. He even knows when we need a sparrow or two to occupy us and cheer us on lonely days.

Read more:
*Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD: trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace. Psalm 37:3-11 NIV

*The LORD appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Jeremiah 31:3

*Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 NLT

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